After more than a month, a man has been charged in connection to the discovery of almost 60 dead animals at a home in nearby Nancy in neighboring Pulaski County, according to a report in the Commonwealth Journal.
Casey E. Allan, 33, of Nancy, was arrested late last week on 44 counts of second-degree Cruelty to Animals and one count of Propagation and Holding of Wildlife Without a Permit.
The charges stem from a December 19 investigation conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife based on a complaint and the subsequent execution of a search warrant.
PCSO Major Jeff Hancock reported at the time that the dead animals included geckos and a number of eggs, snakes, alligator snapping turtles, a scorpion and a tarantula.
Some of the animals had reportedly been rescued from Tim’s Reptiles and Exotics in Burnside when the shop was raided and shut down on September 1. The ongoing case made national news and resulted in a total of 53 counts of second-degree Cruelty to Animals against owner Timothy C. Lorraine.
But other animals Allan is accused of having weren’t even legal to possess in Kentucky. At the time of the December raid, Hancock noted a Gaboon viper, a venomous African snake, and a three-foot-long alligator, as being illegal in Kentucky.
In all, about $50,000 in animals were seized from Allan’s residence, according to the sheriff’s office.
Allan has been released from the Pulaski County Detention Center on a $3,000 cash bond and is scheduled to appear in Pulaski District Court for arraignment on February 16.
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