Clay County’s CrueltyPosted by Matthew Liebman, ALDF Staff Attorney on November 10, 2010
What should be a place of refuge for homeless animals is more like a filthy prison. That’s why an outraged citizen is filing a lawsuit against Clay County, Kentucky today, taking the county to task for extreme neglect of animals at the county’s shelter, neglect that violates Kentucky’s Humane Shelter Law.
Clay County’s “shelter” is a woefully inadequate facility where many, if not most, of the dogs are housed in one large, open-air pen that does not protect them from the elements. Stray and abandoned cats fare no better; nearly all of the cats have serious upper respiratory infections. None of these sick or injured animals have received any veterinary care whatsoever, and they are often left to languish in their cages until they die or are euthanized.
Please help by signing ALDF’s petition to Governor Steve Beshear asking him to step in and end the suffering of all innocent animals in Kentucky by pressing the legislature to act and have the state take back responsibility for oversight of these shelters.
These are actual photos taken at the Clay County shelter of animals in their care:
Males and females are housed together
Sick puppies with several issues including bloody diarrhea
A sick puppy with a skin condition and thick discharge in her eyes
A sick dog with a skin condition
Another sick dog
A dog with duct tape around his neck
Dogs are fed on the ground, not in bowls
Another dog kennel with food on the ground rather than in a bowl
A dirty water bowl in a dog kennel
Loose dogs on the property
The cat in this picture was killed by loose dogs
Kittens fed from a metal food can
Sick kittens with eye discharge
A sick cat with thick discharge in her eyes
A cat with a missing eye
Protect Kentucky’s homeless animals. Sign ALDF’s petition today.