LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – A Louisville residence was found in a deplorable condition, with a large hole clawed into the wall and feces and dirt covering the window sills and ceiling. The discovery was made by animal control officers, who found eight dogs living in the filth. Vallary Amato, 52, was subsequently arrested and charged with eight counts of animal cruelty, as well as a violation of Metro Louisville ordinance.
According to court records, the dogs were left in the care of Amato, who only visited the home once a week to feed them. Neighbors reported the stench coming from the abandoned home and the constant barking of the dogs. After attempts to contact the homeowners failed, the Louisville Metro Animal Services stepped in and removed the animals from the hazardous environment.
The dogs were found living together in one room, surrounded by several feet of feces. The court records also indicated that the dogs had not been properly socialized. Following the rescue, the animals were cleaned and placed with foster families.
Amato was arraigned on eight counts of animal cruelty and is due back in court on January 8. The judge ordered her to have no contact with animals. It is unclear if the homeowners, who are the son and his boyfriend, will also face charges. The investigation and rescue were confirmed by a representative for Louisville Metro Animal Services.