Laurel County animal rescue director charged with cruelty; dogs found in ‘horrible conditions’

Stephanie E. Fields
Stephanie E. Fields

The director of an animal rescue organization in Laurel County was arrested and charged Thursday with second-degree cruelty to animals, Kentucky State Police said.

Stephanie E. Fields, 40, of London, director of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, was charged after a month-long investigation, state police said in a release. The investigation began after police received a complaint concerning numerous dogs at a residence on Fariston Road in Laurel County.

On Nov. 24, Trooper John Pratt made contact with Fields. Inside her residence, Pratt discovered 30 dogs living in “horrible conditions” and another 130 dogs outside the home, the release said. Pratt had the 30 dogs inside the residence removed that day and continued the investigation.

As a result of that investigation, Pratt obtained an arrest warrant for Fields and on Thursday morning she was arrested at her home. The other 130 dogs were removed by the Laurel County Animal Rescue.

Fields was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. The maximum penalty for second-degree animal cruelty is a year in jail and a $500 fine.