Man charged with poisoning local pets

A school bus driver in Ballard County is on administrative leave.

Ballard County Sheriff’s Deputies searched Edward Ream’s house on Friday and found enough evidence to charge him with animal torture. That’s a Class D Felony. His neighbors say Ream is responsible for poisoning dozens of their pets over the last 15 years.

Otis, a pit bull, is Matt Haney’s nine-year-old son. “They’re like our kids. They come to work with us every day,” he said. Otis is a companion who had a sister named Hannah. “She never was a very big dog. She was small for a boxer,” said Haney.

Haney believes his neighbor, Edward Ream, poisoned Hannah with antifreeze in 2001. “We took her to Coffee’s, and they expressed to us then that she was not the first dog,” Haney said. Dr. Greg Rodgers at Coffee Animal Clinic said he treated at least 15 animals from the same area near North Adkins-Dixon Road since 1999.

All of them came into the clinic in different phases of intoxication and kidney failure. “If there is enough antifreeze, that damage is permanent. If it was you or I, they would be setting us up for a kidney transplant,” said Dr. Rodgers.

The only option for Hannah, though, was euthanasia. Haney said Ream should be held responsible. “I think he should be punished to the full extent. He’s been doing this a very long time with out any remorse.”

Deputy James Campbell is leading up the investigation. He said he made the decision not to arrest Ream over the weekend, because he was cooperative with their search. Ream is scheduled to be in court on February 23rd. “Now that they’ve caught him… As long as he pays in accordance to the law, that’s the best you can hope for,” said Haney. It’s his version of justice for Hannah and solace for people and their pets in Ballard County.

A Ballard County Schools spokesperson said Ream will remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. According to Kentucky law, if Ream is found guilty, he could face up to five years in jail.

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