Mead faces additional charges after more dogs seized

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Joan Mead, the 85-year-old woman who was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty after police and animal control officers seized nearly a dozen animals from her Grant County property is in trouble again in Kenton County.

Kenton County Animal Control officers removed 11 Pomeranians from a home owned by Mead in Latonia after executing a search warrant of her property on Sept. 20.
The animals were in poor health and infested with fleas.

Mead was arrested on Sept. 6 by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for running an alleged puppy mill.
When officers executed a search warrant at her home on U.S. 25, south of Mason, they discovered a white cement block building, with closed windows, no lights and no air conditioning. Inside, seven Pomeranians, three

Chihuahuas and one poodle were removed from the property were found living among piles of feces, dusty and dirty cages and fans that weren’t operating.
Mead is scheduled to appear in Grant County District Court at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 7.

Once the animals were removed from Mead’s property in Grant County, they were cleaned and their fleas infestations were treated.
“My heart is still broken from the whole situation. I don’t understand how people can treat innocent animals like that,” said Marsha Chaney, Grant County’s animal shelter director.
The Grant County Animal Shelter is caring for the animals removed from her property in Grant County.
Anyone wishing to donate to purchase supplies, including dog beds or food, can drop off donations at 218 Barnes Road in Williamstown or they can be made through Paypal at http://grantcounty.ky.gov/Government/Pages/Animal-Shelter.aspx.