Tuesday 28th May 2024

State Police Charge Fourteen People for Cruelty to Animals in Casey County


The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia has conducted an investigation into an animal cruelty complaint reported in Casey County on Sunday May 5. As a result of the investigation, fourteen people have been charged for their involvement in the incident that occurred yesterday afternoon in the Bethelridge community of Casey County.

On May 5, 2024, at approximately 12:00 P.M. EST, KSP Post 15 received a call from an individual stating there was an organized chicken-fighting event occurring at a residence located on KY 837.  Troopers responded to the residence and upon arrival made contact with several individuals that were on the property.  Troopers located a caged area with seating around it for spectators, several injured chickens, and a concessions area on the property.  Leo Harris, age 59, and Christopher Harris, age 39, both from Bethelridge, were arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals 2nd Degree.  Both were lodged in the Casey County Detention Center.

Twelve additional individuals were charged and cited to court for Cruelty to Animals 2nd Degree, including:

  • Steven Wesley, age 35 of Science Hill
  • Tiffany Robinson, age 35 of Liberty
  • Brandon Mounce, age 39 of Lancaster
  • Randall Emerson, age 49 of Bethelridge
  • Kaleb Chansler, age 33 of Middleburg
  • Ronald Sharp, age 47 of Russell Springs
  • Dormas Bullock, age 72 of Eubank
  • Jeffrey Owens, age 53 of Stanford
  • David Bradshaw, age 65 of Bethelridge
  • Patrick Harris, age 30 of Liberty
  • Dakota Ford, age 29 Salvisa
  • Janafer Denson, age 39 Crab Orchard

The case remains ongoing and is being investigated by Trooper Maverick Gadberry.  Trooper Gadberry was assisted at the scene by Trooper Matthew Lee and Sergeant Levi Scott.

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