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UPDATE: Health issues continue. It's been a wild roller coaster ride the past sever weeks. From blood sugar dropping below 50 on numerous occasions, then after being told I had a heart attack I was transported to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah to find out after numerous test I did not have a heart attack (Thank you Jesus), to now finding out I have a growth in my left lung. I have been having chest pains for several weeks now. A biopsy has been scheduled to determine the fate of the growth. Your prayers are requested for a positive outcome.
International Day of Veterinary Medicine
Puryear Man Charged With 21 Counts Animal Abuse
By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Paris, Tenn.-In a case that Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew called ...“shocking”, a Puryear man has been charged with 21 counts of animal abuse and cattle theft.
Travis Hale, age 23, of 960 Rose Lane in Puryear, is being held in the Henry County Jail on $125,000 bond following his arrest by deputies.
At a press conference Thursday morning, Sheriff Belew said deputies were called to Hale’s farm on Tuesday afternoon on a request from the Kentucky State Police with a cattle theft report. Cattle belonging to Gary Brame of Kirksey, Ky., had been stolen and the KSP investigation led them to the Puryear farm. The theft involved 48 head of Black Angus cattle.
Once on the property, deputies and Puryear Police found numerous head of dead cattle, cows and calves laying all over the farm and others in a state of severe starvation. There was no food or water for them, Belew said.
“It just shocked me going into that barn and see all those dead cattle laying all around. It just took your breath away just to see that,” Belew said. “I’m not sure I’ve seen this amount of animal abuse before. If we hadn’t been out there investigating the theft and found all this, the death count would have been a lot higher. Especially with the cold weather and no proper care, water or food for the animals.”
Belew said, “This absolutely is a gross negligence case that would shock the conscience of anyone. These were deplorable conditions that would absolutely shock you.”
Belew, alongside Chief Deputy Damon Lowe, Captain Adam Jenkins, and Investigators David Doyle and Scott Wyrick, displayed photos of the scene, with dead and starving animals, on a screen for the media on hand for the press conference. Media included reporters from Paducah and Jackson.
“This is an unusual case just from the theft standpoint itself,” Belew said. “You don’t see many cases of cattle rustling anymore and that’s exactly what he was doing.”
Belew said the utilities at Hale’s farm had already been cut off and deputies and officers had to work there the first night in the dark. “A family member of Mr. Hale has agreed to take over the care of the animals,” he said.
After officers found the dead and dying animals, a call was made to investigators from the sheriff’s office to respond to the scene. Investigators arrived to find 21 deceased head of cattle. Puryear Volunteer Fire Department filled all the water troughs with fresh water and food was put out for the animals.
Deputies were assisted by Dr. Chuck Lyons and Mineral Wells Animal Clinic with an attempt to save the ones which could be saved, Belew said.
Wyrick and Doyle worked the scene and were able to locate about half of the stolen cattle Tuesday night. Belew said they located tags belonging to the cattle when they were stolen and had been removed. “These tags were collected and verified they belonged to the victim and proper owner of the cattle,” he said.
The State Veterinarian Dr. Tom Bates came to the scene Wednesday morning, at which point an additional 10 stolen animals were located on the property, which is 200-plus acres.
Belew, along with Paris Fireman Roger Clendenin, County Commissioner Don Jones and Tom Petit rode on horseback and found more in remote areas of the property.
Belew noted that the mistreated cattle belonged to Hale himself and that the cattle stolen from Brame had not had been on the property long enough to be mistreated.
Belew thanked the KSP, Puryear Police, Clendenin, Petit, Jones, Dr. Lyons, and Puryear Fire Department for its help at the scene.
Belew said he anticipates more charges will be filed, possibly against accomplices in the incident.
He said 125 head of cattle remain on the property.
NATIONAL MUTT DAY – July 31 and December 2
(July 21, 1955 - November 30, 2016)
🚨MISSING SINCE 11/10 🚨
This is Wesley. He was last seen on Workman Road in Dresden, TN wearing a blue collar. If you have seen Wesley at any point or know where... he may be, please contact us asap! Please share! Wesley's family misses him very much and would just like to have their baby back home where he belongs.
This cute boy was found on Elm Street in Martin, close to Unversity Street. If you know his family, please contact the following
numbers: 865-661...-4523 or 423-503-2836. (contact numbers are not local, both are college students that found and are keeping him safe)
Please share and find this boys home! Thank you!
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Jango has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested. The... funds were raised through nationwide donations in Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing 62 law enforcement dogs with vests thanks to the generous donation.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made for each specific K9 in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, current serving K9s, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
Deputy Sheriff / K9 Officer Johnny Smith says, "We are very fortunate to receive such a gift. This vest means that K9 Jango has the same protection that any other officer has while on duty. K9 Jango is more than just a dog. Jango is the best partner I could have as well as the best K9 friend. Keeping her safe while she serves the citizens of Fulton County is very important to me and with this gift I now have the peace of mind knowing that she has the highest level of protection possible."
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000-law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
NATIONAL CANINE LYMPHOMA AWARENESS DAY – NOVEMBER 7
South Fulton, Ralston Road/Ruthville area . . . A pit showed up Halloween night. In the dark under the yellow lights it appeared to be brindle. However, it is... actually dark brown. This is my attempt of a decent pic. The dog is very friendly and my cats and dogs seem to tolerate it now. It is wearing an orange collar but has no tag. Please share and help it find its family.
South Fulton, Ralston road/Ruthville area . . . .A brindle colored pit showed up at the house last light. I think it was dressed for Halloween because it acts l...ike a bouncy boxer and was wearing an orange collar (no tags). Spread the word and help the baby get home. I tried taking a picture but it’s too bouncy, somewhat like Tigger, and wouldn’t stay still. I’ve attached a close match of it. I think it’s pretty young and full of lots of energy! It also loves to chase cats.
NATIONAL COOK FOR YOUR PETS DAY – November 1
NATIONAL CAT DAY – October 29