Earlier this week, Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman was contacted about a possible puppy mill where the animals were in need of intervention due to health and living conditions. An investigation was launched and on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at approximately 2:30pmCT, the Sheriffs Office executed a search warrant at a residence off Johnny Harvey Rd in the Breeding community. Once the scene was made safe, Guardians of Rescue, a national non-profit organization who organized teams from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee came in to assist with animals and assessment.
The Sheriffs Office found probable cause to seize 141 dogs and 9 cats. A little after 4:00amCT on Thursday, March 25, 2021 after nearly 14 hours on the scene, all animals had been triaged and were on their way to rescues. The animals were surrendered to Guardians of Rescue who will oversee their care. Once they're healthy and have received any medical care needed, they will be adopted out to new homes.
Debra Remmer, 65, of the Breeding community of Adair County, KY was charged with 141 counts of Cruelty to Animals 2nd degree.
The investigation is ongoing by the Sheriffs Office and they want to thank the rescue teams and volunteers who assisted at the scene.