ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– An Estill County Search and Rescue crew is rebuilding their team after one of their beloved hounds was shot and killed.
They have a new puppy to replace Hunter. The puppy doesn’t have a name right now, but that will change at the Estill County Fairgrounds. On Friday, people are invited to the fairgrounds for a benefit auction to raise money for supplies for the rescue team and to let the community vote on the puppy’s name.
It is Estill County’s way of getting the community together after losing Hunter in January. A man faced a charge of First Degree Assault on a Service Animal in the case, but a grand jury decided that there was not enough evidence to indict him.
The community is looking ahead towards the future of its search and rescue team.
“I just want the community to come out and get behind us on this, they don’t have to donate or buy anything just come and be with us on Friday,” said David Conrad, the president of Hunter Hounds.
If you would like to donate to the silent auction they are having, you can call David Conrad at 606-643-9303 or Carmi Rockwell at 859-595-6610.
You can suggest names for the puppy on the Hunter Hounds Facebook page before Friday.
WLEX Photographer Rudy and I are in puppy bliss, meeting the newest addition to “Hunter Hounds Search and Rescue” team. He’s a cutie, but he has a lot of training ahead- and he’s in need of a name, more on that tonight on @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/AkHkrfNQNY
— Eleanor Buckley (@elbuckleyTV) April 15, 2019