A man wanted on animal-cruelty charges involving dogs in Jessamine County was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges in Garrard County.
Marty Stevens, 40, of Jessamine County, was arrested by Garrard County Deputy Sheriff Brandon Conley and charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to records in Garrard District Court.
Stevens is charged in Jessamine County with 10 counts of second-degree animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. The dogs were discovered Sept. 29 when Jessamine deputies went to Stevens' home on Kissing Ridge Road to serve a warrant.
The animals might have been part of a dog-fighting operation, but animal control officers said there was not enough evidence to press felony charges of first-degree animal cruelty.
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Stevens remains in the Lincoln County jail, where Garrard County takes its prisoners, in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in Garrard District Court on Monday.
The dogs were taken to the Jessamine County SAVE Center, the county-owned animal shelter in Nicholasville.