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Event held to bring attention to abused animals

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You may not remember the names, but it's hard to forget their faces.

On Saturday, they were simply leaving their paw prints for people to take with them at an event at Barkstown Road, however, it is their stories that continue to leave a lasting impression on animal advocates.

"Karma was thrown out of a car in a trash bag," says Christina Stoll, a board member with the Arrow Fund.

It was two years ago when Karma was left to die, dumped at the intersection of East Chestnut and East Liberty Streets.

Another face you may remember is Hope. "Hope that was thrown out of a car on I-65," says Christina Stoll.

That was back in 2010. The dog was also hit by a car.

Now, 4 years later, you can see her back on her feet and taking part in an event for the abused dogs that have made headlines in the area.

When it comes to stricter legislation in Kentucky, Christina Stoll, a board member with The Arrow Fund, says there's more to be done.

"Kentucky for several years has ranked the very last," says Christina Stoll.

For the last 7 years in a row, Kentucky has been ranked as the worst state for animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Stoll says they continue to take action in Frankfort, lobbying for stricter laws.

"The best thing to do is be a voice. Be a voice to those that do not have a voice," says Stoll.

Most recently, advocates have been supporting House Bill 408, to put an end to owning dogs for the purpose of dog fighting.

The face behind the bill is Frodo, another dog taken in by The Arrow Fund, and nursed back to health. Frodo was found last year, duct taped and chained to a fence.

Some of his injuries pointed to dog fighting.

While animal advocates say there's still more work to be done in the state to help protect these animals, they continue to use event's like the one on Saturday to bring awareness to this ongoing issue.

A percentage of the money raised at the 'Paw-tographs" event earlier today will go to the Arrow Fund, which helps the abused animals get help and find new homes.

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