LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Less than 24 hours after asking for the public's help locating a suspect wanted for cruelty to animals, Louisville Metro Police and Metro Animal Services  arrested Kelly J. Stice.

The arrest took place shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday at the MAS animal shelter in the 3700 block of Manslick Road, just north of the Watterson Expressway.

According to an arrest warrant, earlier this month, Stice "unlawfully and intentionally caused the death of her three dogs by abandoning her residence, leaving behind the dogs to suffer and finally die."

Stice's residence is in the 6800 block of Manslick Road, near Iroquois Parkway.

The arrest warrant states that Metro Animal Services officers originally received a call from one of Stice's neighbors, who looked through the window of the home and saw one of the dogs lying dead on the floor.

Upon interviewing the neighbors, Metro Animal Services officials learned that Stice had not been seen at the home for the previous six weeks. When Metro Animal Services officers executed a search warrant on the home, the bodies of three dogs were discovered.

"The bodies of the three dogs were so badly decomposed, [that] there was no fur on the animals, there was visible skin on bones as if there was no meat and/or muscle tissues," the warrant states. "One dog had living maggots on its body. There was no food or water for the animals, and there was fecal matter about the home."

The house and yard were also "extremely flea-infested," according to the warrant. Metro Animal Services officials were "covered in fleas just approaching the house."

Stice is charged with three counts of torturing a dog and three counts of cruelty to animals. She is scheduled to appear before a judge for arraignment Thursday morning. WDRB News will be there and we'll bring you the latest on that appearance during our 11:30 newscast.

On Thursday, Metro Animal Services officials appeared with Louisville Metro Police during a press conference to alert the public about several recent incidents of alleged animal abuse in the Louisville area, including Stice's case.

Those instances are summarized below:

On Aug. 22, a citizen reported an injured dog in the 1900 block of Shepherdsville Road, near Bashford Avenue. When authorities arrived, they found a pit bull in the bushes crying out in pain and unable to walk. Investigators say the pit bull had been burned.

On Aug. 14, a good Samaritan recovered a beagle named Autumn that was found in the 4100 block of Greenwood Avenue near south 41st Street. The beagle had a collar severely embedded into its neck. She survived the ordeal, and No Kill Louisville and the Hope Foundation are paying her medical bills. She is now in the care of the Shelby County Humane Society and will be up for adoption soon.

Anyone with information on any of the last two cases is asked to call Louisville Metro Animal Services at 574-5399.

The U.S. Humane Society is offering $2,500 rewards in each of the three cases. The reward will be given to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the abuse. 

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