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EARLIER: Animal raid in Henry shows legal issues

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

EMINENCE – After a 6-month investigation of an alleged puppy mill operated by Terri and Kenneth Smith at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg, the couple face 218 counts each of second-degree animal cruelty.
Second-degree animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and $500 fine.

Terri Smith, 51, was arrested Friday morning in Bullitt County by U.S. Marshals. She pleaded not guilty to all 218 charges Monday, Dec. 19, in Henry County District Court. She is being held on $653 cash bond in the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton.

Her next court appearance is set for Jan. 8.

Kenneth Smith, 71, turned himself in to U.S. Marshals in the parking lot of the La Grange Walmart at 4:30 p.m. Friday. He posted a $653 cash bond and was released from CCDC over the weekend. He was scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 2 in Henry County. But on Tuesday, Dec. 20, he was found dead on the property of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Henry County law enforcement officials raided the Smith’s property last week, confiscating 240 animals – mostly dogs, cats and rabbits, and all of them with health issues, Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt said.

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