A Rockcastle County woman has been charged with animal cruelty, and dozens of dogs have been seized from her home.
As of early Tuesday evening, 38 dogs — "from terriers to Great Danes" — had been seized from Linda Alcorn's mobile home on Hill Street in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County Attorney Billy Reynolds said.
Cheryl Higdon, founder and director of United Rescues of Kentucky, an umbrella organization that was helping to remove the dogs, described the case as a "hoarder situation."
She said the dogs were "in terrible, terrible shape," many of them "severely emaciated."
Reynolds said the dogs were "flea infested" and lived in "septic" conditions inside the home.
Alcorn was being held in the Rockcastle County Detention Center on four counts of animal cruelty. Reynolds said he expects to add more counts, considering the number of dogs seized.
A veterinarian was evaluating the animals Tuesday night.
Higdon said United Rescues is paying for the dogs' veterinary care, and she expects the tab to be $8,000 to $10,000.
She said donations are needed to help pay for the care.
The Rockcastle County sheriff's department is investigating the case.