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The Taylor County Animal Shelter is assisting the Green River Animal Shelter in housing its animals after an Adair County man was charged with nearly 300 counts of cruelty to animals last week.
According to a story in the Adair County Progress, David F. Howery, 50, has been charged with 295 misdemeanor charges of second-degree cruelty to animals. He has pleaded not guilty to the crimes.
The article states that authorities searched the former Sparksville Elementary School in Adair County last Friday, which is now the site of Howery's Clean Slate Animal Rescue organization.
They found nearly 350 animals, included 240 dogs, 31 cats, 13 goats, 53 chickens, two donkeys, three potbellied pigs and three chinchillas.
Adair County District Court Judge Michael Loy signed an order Monday allowing the Green River Animal Shelter to start releasing Howery's dogs to other shelters and rescue organizations. The Green River shelter took the animals when they were seized from Howery.
Taylor County Animal Shelter Director John Harris said the shelter is assisting Green River Animal Shelter in housing the animals it had before it received Howery's animals.
Harris said some of the animals are also being taken to a shelter in Bowling Green.