A Laurel County man is accused of using methamphetamine in the presence of a child and of animal cruelty because his dogs had been fed amphetamines, according to court documents.
Benjamin Burdette, 40, was charged Tuesday with first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of second-degree animal cruelty. He also has been indicted on charges of being a persistent felony offender and two counts of failure to comply with sex-offender registration.
Burdette was arrested Tuesday after Laurel County Deputy Sheriff John Inman responded to a complaint about an argument on White Oak Road, six miles west of London.
Inman saw that a dog in the front yard was having a seizure. An animal control officer took the dog to Cumberland Valley Animal Hospital in London, where it was euthanized. A toxicology screen of the animal confirmed that the dog had amphetamines in its system.
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Another dog taken from the same home the night before also tested positive for amphetamines. That animal died Tuesday night.
Burdette told Inman that “his company had fed the dogs,” but a uniform citation said that Burdette “made no attempt to care for the animals.”
A 2-year-old girl was at the home while Burdette used meth, and there were “several medications, chemicals and meth pipes that the child could have easily accessed,” according to court documents.
The child was placed elsewhere by social services and was scheduled to be screened for any drugs that might be in her system.
Burdette remained in the Laurel County jail Wednesday in lieu of a $35,000 bond.