Paducah, Kentucky: On Thursday, June 4, criminal defense attorney David Bundrick of Edwards & Kautz Law Firm settled a case involving 196 counts of animal cruelty. In exchange for her guilty plea, his client avoided serving any jail time. Deborah Luken, 54, pleaded guilty to 196 counts of animal cruelty and received 196 suspended 90-day sentences along with a court order to seek a mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment. An anonymous note tipped off the McCraken County Sheriff’s Department and led to the seizure of 3 rats, 6 ducks, 7 chinchillas, 11 exotic birds, 83 dogs, and 86 rabbits from Luken’s property in March. The animals are currently living in temporary foster homes and will be put up for adoption. Luken will be required to pay $3,400 in restitution to cover the expense of caring for the animals. Bundrick says he is pleased with the outcome of the case: “It makes sure that the animals are cared for. I think it also reflects the fact that she is a good person, she is not a bad person, she is not a criminal person, and I think it takes the necessary measures to ensure that this does not happen again.” For more information on the case and its resolution, or to find out about adopting any of the rescued animals, read the original article, published in the Paducah Sun. Edwards and Kautz congratulates David Bundrick on this success. Bundrick joined the firm in 2010 and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law. Before joining the firm, he was a public defender for four years, trying cases from minor traffic offenses to murder. About Edwards and Kautz: Edwards and Kautz attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience providing the best personal injury, car wreck, and criminal defense legal representation in Paducah, Kentucky. They serve most of western Kentucky, as well as the surrounding area. For more information call 270-908-4914.
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