Police: Animal rescue director charged with cruelty

LONDON, Ky. (AP) – The director of a Laurel County animal rescue organization was charged with animal cruelty after authorities say over 150 dogs were found at her home.

Kentucky State Police said in a news release that 40-year-old Stephanie E. Fields of London was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals.

Fields is the director of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue. Police say Fields was charged following a month-long investigation that began after police received a complaint concerning numerous dogs at a Laurel County residence.

Police say Trooper John Pratt found 30 dogs inside Fields’ home living in deplorable conditions and another 130 dogs outside the home.

An arrest warrant for Fields was obtained following the investigation. The animals were removed from the home.

It isn’t clear if Fields has an attorney.