Former LaRue couple facing charges in Franklin County

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 William and Sandra Coy were banned from living in LaRue County for two years as part of the settlement of a 2007 case involving their treatment of animals. The couple again is facing similar charges in Franklin County.

The State-Journal reported that William Coy, 48, pleaded guilty to second-degree animal cruelty in Franklin District Court in October. As part of the plea agreement, he relinquished rights to animals taken from his residence (dogs, horse, llamas, goats and pigs) and can’t own animals for two years.

He was sentenced to two years of probation.

Twenty-three animals were seized on Aug. 17 from his and Sandra Coy’s property. Sandra Coy remains in jail on a $46,000 bond. 

William Coy will also have to pay thousands in restitution fees to the Franklin County Humane Society for caring for the animals while he maintained ownership but was in jail, the newspaper reported. 

William Coy spent more than 50 days in jail on a $46,000 bond. 

His wife has declined to relinquish ownership of the animals. She remains in custody at Franklin County Regional Jail. A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 10 and 11.

The Coys also were accused of animal cruelty in 2008 in Franklin County after numerous pit bulls were found malnourished at their home. William Coy was found not guilty. Sandra Coy was found guilty of one count of animal cruelty and one count of failing to vaccinate for rabies.

In LaRue County, officials confiscated 37 pit bulls, a German Shepherd and eight puppies from their property in 2007.

Eleven animals died after they were housed in a Taylor County animal shelter, either from attack from other dogs or disease. 

The Coys pleaded guilty to violation of local ordinance (kennel law) and received six months jail time which was probated for two years.

Prosecution was deferred for two years on condition the Coys were to pick up their animals within five days or forfeit them, not engage in illegal activity and release LaRue and Taylor County employees from any liability regarding the dogs. 

The Coys were not required to pay for boarding and feeding the dogs – an amount that reached several thousand dollars, according to county officials.