New information has been released into the alleged mistreatment of dogs at a deer camp in Scott County.
A woman who identified herself as K.D Watkins says she and her husband co-own the dog that sparked an investigation into animal cruelty.
She says the Sheriff's Department showed up at the deer camp in Lena where she keeps the dogs on Friday and questioned her husband. There is a report filed that day.
We spoke with a woman who used to be a member of the deer camp's community and contacted our news station and various animal advocates after seeing the dead dogs at the deer camp. She asked not to be identified.
"That, that was the most inhumane thing I'd seen in my life," she said. "Why are they not trying to take care of these dogs? It's insane. The pictures don't lie."
She and her husband left the deer camp a few months ago, she says because of frustrations over the constant animal abuse by the Watkins family.
"They fight because they aren't let out for months at a time and they're only fed occasionally," said the former deer camp member. "And dogs die down there all the time and nobody does anything about it."
Watkins said in a statement the woman didn't leave the camp by choice but instead was forced out after her husband allegedly committed an assault in April.
“As a co owner of the hunting dog found at the deer camp in Scott County, I would like to provide more information on the situation. These dogs are more than just animals to us. They are family. These dogs have sufficient food, water, shade and shelter. The one dog that was found deceased had a name. It was Rolley. Our children named him.
The male that is providing all information that has been reported is a disgruntled ex member. Actually he was the president of our club for the 2017/2018 Hunting season. In April he proceeded to consume too much alcohol and hit a 70 year old man with Parkinson’s in his face, leading to reconstructive surgery. Following this incident, all of his privileges as a member of our camp were stripped from him.
We believe that our baby, Rolley, was poisoned by this disgruntled ex member who just so happened to show up and take pictures. Rolley and Polley (our other hunting dog) were perfectly fine Tuesday with plenty of food and water when we left the camp.
A lot of the pictures that were provided were of pens that had not been used in over a year so yes, they were grown up with old water in buckets. Look closely. There are NO dogs in these pens!
I will personally be meeting with the sheriff and Undersheriff at SCSO first thing Monday morning.
K. D. Watkins”
"That is totally separate from this animal endangerment case," responded the woman who sent pictures to the Sheriff's Department showing the dead dog.
Watkins believes those two former deer camp members poisoned her dogs.
"This is coming from an individual who, numerous charges are pending against her," the anonymous source replied. "So that's asinine. That's the most asinine thing I've ever heard. Well, then why were they trying to - why was her father-in-law trying to dispose of the dog?"
The Sheriff said a dog died from not being fed, and another malnourished dog was taken away.
“Right now officially I can say we are investigating an animal cruelty case at a local deer camp where two dogs were left malnourished. One had died due to not being fed at the time of the investigation. The other has been removed from the camp," Sheriff Lee told us. "We are going to interview members of the camp and we will turn over our findings to the district attorneys office for prosecution. “
"We want justice for the animals and for the people of Scott County. Individuals can not continue to harass a community and commit crimes and nothing be done," the former deer camp member later added in a statement.
Watkins says she'll be meeting with the Sheriff and Undersheriff Monday Morning.
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