Kentucky pet rescue conditions too nasty to show publicly, deputies say; facility shut down

Published 1:38 pm Saturday, April 17, 2021

Montgomery County sheriff’s office says a pet rescue organization has shut down and its operators have been charged with animal cruelty after cats and dogs were found living in “deplorable conditions.”

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies executing a search warrant found more than 100 dogs and 150 cats this week at Caring about Treasured Strays, or C.A.T.S., in Jefferson. Investigators sought a warrant after receiving complaints about possible animal abuse at the facility.

“Several of the animals were suffering from illnesses…and living in deplorable conditions,” the sheriff’s office posted on a Facebook post, adding they wouldn’t release photos of the scene because they were too graphic.

Renee Ann Zaharie, 60, and William Brian Zaharie, 65, have been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and scheduled to be arraigned May 17.

The animals have been removed from the site and will receive treatment.