Henderson County couple facing 79 animal cruelty charges

A Henderson County couple is currently being booked in jail on 79 charges of animal neglect and cruelty.

Last week, police took nearly 30 dogs from their home during an abuse and neglect investigation by the Humane Society of Henderson County and Animal Control.

According to Animal Control, Richard and Dorthea Conroy face a total of 79 charges:

  • 26 counts of animal cruelty in the second degree
  • 26 counts in failure to provide rabies vaccination
  • 26 counts in failure to provide city county tax
  • 1 count of breeding without a license

The Humane Society was seeking torture charges in reference to bones that were discovered belonging to 22 dead dogs.

However, officials could not prove those deceased animals were tortured.

The investigation was given to a state attorney on Thursday.

The couple surrendered all of the animals to Henderson County.

Seven dogs have been adopted already, and more than 40 applications were submitted for adoption.

The Executive Director of the Humane Society of Henderson County, Kent Preston, says that 27 Airedale Terriers were seized during the investigation.

The Humane Society of Henderson County Facebook page says the dogs were living in "substandard conditions at a residence in Henderson County."

The post continues, "Animal Control officers responded to the residence and found nearly 30 dogs in kennels covered with fecal material and living in deplorable and unlivable conditions. Animal Control officers and Humane Society personnel took possession of all dogs, examined them at a Veterinarian for any issues they may need, and housed them at the Humane Society."

The couple is currently booked in the Henderson County Jail.

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