Ballard County man accused of animal torture on trial
A man accused of animal cruelty in Ballard County is on trial.
Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy said in opening statements Tuesday: "This man didn’t just kill animals. He lured animals to his house for the purpose of destroying them."
Edward Ream is accused of poisoning dogs with antifreeze dating back to 2009.
Ream’s first trail ended in a mistrial.
In pretrial hearings after his first hearing, Ream pleaded guilty, but the judge allowed to take back his plea and take his case to trial.
The commonwealth started calling witnesses Tuesday: seven in all. Those include four dog owners who say their dogs were poisoned, an animal control officer and a sheriff’s deputy who says he knows first hand how his dog was poisoned.
Ballard County sheriff’s deputy Michael Rollins says his dog was poisoned with antifreeze, and testified he was one who helped execute the search warrant at Ream’s house.
Officer James Campbell with Ballard County Animal Control said he also helped execute the search warrant in 2009. Campbell even brought the antifreeze evidence to show the jury.
Campbell and Rollins each echoed at least one piece of testimony. We want to warn you of strong language.
"When he came outside the door, his statement was ‘Hell yes I did. I’m getting tired of dogs pissing on my porch,’" Rollins testified.
Campbell testified he responded to several animal poisoning calls, but after Ream was charged, he said he hasn’t received any calls since.
Defense attorney Jeremy Ian Smith made a point that there aren’t leash laws in the county, but homeowners are protected under a county ordinance from animals trespassing on or destroying their property.
Other dog owners testified to vet bills for treating their dogs for antifreeze poisoning amounted to more than 13 hundred dollars.