Kentucky Animal Shelters in the Dog HousePosted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on August 20th, 2008
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is filing concurrent lawsuits in two Kentucky counties today, taking the counties to task for failing to provide basic, humane conditions for stray dogs and cats, as mandated by Kentucky’s Humane Shelter Law.
What should be places of refuge for homeless animals are more like filthy prisons. Robertson County’s Mt. Olivet “shelter” is a primitive wooden shack where dogs endure searing heat in summer and freezing temperatures in the winter and lie amidst their own excrement on dirt floors that flood during rainstorms.
Angelika Kasey, who brought her concerns about violations at the Estill County shelter to ALDF, describes seeing filth, flea and tick infestations, and contaminated drinking water left for the dogs, who are rounded up and euthanized every Thursday.
Stray and abandoned cats fare no better. In Robertson County, the county refuses to allow the dog warden to take in cats, and homeless cats are not provided for in any way. At the Estill County shelter, cats are euthanized regardless of whether they might be lost family pets or healthy strays who would be suitable candidates for adoption.