Louisville, Kentucky – A 52-year-old woman is facing charges of animal cruelty after a disturbing discovery was made at a residence in Louisville, Kentucky. Authorities found eight dogs living in deplorable conditions, surrounded by filth and neglect. The woman, identified as Vallary Amato, was responsible for the care of these animals, but instead left them to suffer in unimaginable living conditions.
The dogs, owned by her son and his partner, were found living in a room covered in several feet of feces, with minimal human interaction. Concerned neighbors reported the situation to Louisville Metro Animal Services after noticing a foul smell and hearing the dogs’ incessant barking. This sparked an investigation by animal control officers, ultimately leading to the removal of the dogs from the property.
In November, Amato was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and one violation of a local ordinance. As a part of the charges, she was ordered not to have contact with animals. The dogs have since been rescued, cleaned, and placed with loving foster families. They are taking their first steps towards recovery as the investigation continues to unfold.
The appalling case of animal neglect in Louisville has raised concerns about accountability for the homeowners. The ongoing investigation will determine whether the home’s owners will be held responsible for their role in the neglect of these animals. As the dogs receive care and support, the community remains hopeful for their rehabilitation and future well-being.