Clay County’s Cruelty

Posted 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:

Dogs housed together
Males and females are housed together

Sick puppies with several issues including bloody diarrhea
Sick puppies with several issues including bloody diarrhea

A sick puppy with a skin condition and thick discharge in her eyes
A sick puppy with a skin condition and thick discharge in her eyes

A sick dog
A sick dog with a skin condition

A sick dog
Another sick dog

A dog with duct tape around his neck
A dog with duct tape around his neck

Dogs are fed on the ground
Dogs are fed on the ground, not in bowls

Dogs are fed on the ground
Another dog kennel with food on the ground rather than in a bowl

A dirty water bowl
A dirty water bowl in a dog kennel

Loose dogs on the property
Loose dogs on the property

The cat in this picture was killed by loose dogs
The cat in this picture was killed by loose dogs

Kittens fed from a metal food can
Kittens fed from a metal food can

Sick kittens with eye discharge
Sick kittens with eye discharge

A sick cat with thick discharge in her eyes
A sick cat with thick discharge in her eyes

A cat with a missing eye
A cat with a missing eye

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30 thoughts on “Clay County’s Cruelty

  1. John Seever says:

    This is such an outrage. I am thoroughly disgusted by the cruelty being committed by this county.

    Thank you ALDF for being the voice for these poor animals!

  2. Beth Simmons says:

    I am soooo disgusted about this! SHAME on you Clay Cty ! What’s wrong with peolpe ???? How to you go to sleep at night?

  3. annie says:

    PLease come and check out Taylor county shelter also!

  4. Lee Anne Graves says:

    The people that have been caring for these animals should be put in kennels and treated the same way.

  5. Lovena says:

    I can’t say what I really want to concerning these animals. These animals look to us to take care of them. Stuff like this makes me ashamed to be in the human race. There is no sense in hell that Gods creatures should suffer like that. I wish one day, all I want is one day to do unto others as they do unto these helpless animals. This shows stupidity from the highest, doing this cruel punishment. I don’t see how they can lay down at night to sleep or sit down to eat, oh well the old saying goes what goes around comes around and it will bite these monsters right in the ass. They will suffer just like these little animals have. These little animals wag their tails even when they hungry or hurt. Clay County Animal Shelter something has to be done and there are people who can and will do it. I hope everyone of you sorry people look at these pictures of these animals and it haunts you-all till the day you die. Ther is no excuse for this !!!

  6. Leanne Wells says:

    Those poor, helpless creatures. Only the most repulsive human being could live with doing this, or doing nothing to stop it. Why was it allowed to get to this point? Does no one regulate these facilities? The people responsible should be ashamed. I hope the faces of the sweet creatures they tortured torments them while they stuff themselves this holiday season.

  7. Kate says:

    Only God can exact a consequence as severe as the punishment that is being perpetrated against these, His creatures. Shame on you, Clay Co. Prepare yourselves for the wrath when you stand before the Judgment Seat.

  8. Swafford says:

    These photos break my heart. I am from Clay co. and I honestly have no idea where the animal shelter is and have never been to it but I am thoroughly disgusted by the photos. I agree 100% that something needs to be done to protect these poor animals. These animals would be better off as strays than living like this! We have to give a voice to those who don’t have their own. I hate the thoughts of anything suffering because there is reason for it..it’s rediculous.

  9. britt says:

    what had u rather see the animals on side of road starving or being mistreated u cant satisfy every 1 always 1 asshole i every bunch some animals get sick and someone has 2 pick them up and doctor them and if they cant be cured put down are you buying feed and housing any homeless animals why cant we just leave a good thing alone and stop tring to get money by sueing somebody

  10. tori says:

    Britt,
    no one wants money from this and no one is going to get money out of this! this is a lawsuit to change things for the animals health and well-being. they are better off on the streets than to be housed at this shelter. did you not see the photos? would you drink that water or eat that food off the ground? an animal shelter is supposed to help with the animal over-population but housing them all together in the same kennel to breed obviously does no good and just furthers the problem. this facility is breaking the law and these animals deserve to be protected under the law and not just treated like they are lucky for even being there. these animals are important too!!!

  11. tori says:

    And yes Britt as a matter of fact I am housing many homeless animals and buying what you call “feed”. I have spent my last dime on dog/cat food and medical treatment for these animals I have taken out of this shelter. I understand animals do get sick but thats the job of the animal shelter is to seek medical attention for them or humanely euthanize them not to let them sit and suffer amongst several other animals who are contracting the disease because of it.

  12. e says:

    Oh the inhumanity of man(kind?). How could an animal welfare facility allow animas to live like this – unteated, suffering, and ex isting in misery!!! They need to be punished to the full extent of the law.

  13. Carol A Fox says:

    Hire someone who can come in there and at least have enough sense to wash out the water bowls with a hose and provide dishes for food. The media could be contacted and have a field day with this story – that would cause many volunteers to get on board I would think and vets in the area to provide their services for the sick animals. This is a SHAME ON HUMANS to let this happen to helpless animals who deserve love while on this planet!

  14. Gloria Hoeft says:

    There are no words to describe what goes on in this so-called “shelter” ! How can these so called humans live with themselves,knowing how these poor creatures are suffering. I pray to God that something is done and all these people loose their jobs ! And in the end….What goes around, comes around !!!

  15. Susan Kurcz-Easom says:

    I cannot beleive an animal shelter is so ignorant…prosecute them to the fullest extent, please!

  16. S Rigg says:

    You tell her Tori !! She is just as bad as these idiots at the shelter. That is probably their way of thinking also ! Thank God, I do not have to rely on her or these other idiots at the shelter for my care ! I feel sorry for any animal that ends up there- it needs to be closed down and NOW !!! This place is disgusting!!!

  17. Linda says:

    I think maybe this shelter has bitten off more than they can chew. They obviously need more help and especially medical help which isn’t cheap but the conditions ARE horrible. Sick puppies, skin conditions etc. Some of these animals are really suffering and they need help!!

  18. DEE PRUITT says:

    I TO HAVE EIGHT ADOPTED DOGS. AND HALF OF THE MONEY MY HUSBAND AND I MAKE GO TO THE WELFARE OF THEM AND OTHER RESCUES THAT NEED HELP…I KNOW IT IS HARD TO RUN A SHELTER. COUNTY POLITICIANS DON’T WANT TO GIVE THE MONEY NEEDED TO RUN IT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE RUN. BUT !!! WHEN YOU WORK AT A SHELTER YOU MUST HAVE LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR WHAT YOU ARE THERE FOR. THE CARING AND WELFARE OF “ALL THE ANIMALS” THIS SHELTER IS A TOTAL DISGRACE.. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE FILTH, AND THE WAY THESE ANIMALS ARE FED, AND NO CLEAN WATER TO DRINK ! IT IS JUST DISGUSTING !! IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TO KEEP THESE ANIMALS CLEAN, WALKED AND CARED FOR. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE IS JUST PLAIN DAMN LAZINESS !! IT’S NOT ABOUT $$$$$ IT TAKES $5 FOR SOAP, PAPER TOWELS, AND RAGS ! AND I WISH I LIVED CLOSE TO THERE, BECAUSE I WOULD SHOW YOU HOW IT IS DONE…I VOLUNTEER AT A SHELTER TWO DAYS A WEEK, AND THAT SHELTER IS THE HILTON COMPARED TO THIS SHELTER IN QUESTION…THEY NEED TO FIRE THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PLACE AND HIRE AN ANIMAL LOVER RIGHT OFF THE STREET, BECAUSE THEY WOULD DO A 100% BETTER JOB!!!!!

  19. KATHLEEN LUSHER says:

    YES AND THIS SO SAD PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO DISREGARD FOR ANIMALS AT ALL
    ANIMALS LOOK TO US PEOPLE TO HELP PROTECT THEM…………AND THIS IS WHAT WE CALL PROTECTING THEM….GODS CREATURES
    WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMMING TO
    AT THIS RATE IF WE CANNOT BE GOOD TO OUR ANIMALS WHO ARE GODS CREATURES
    AS WE ARE ALSO GODS CREATUES AND THEY DESERVE THAT SAME TREATMENT………AND PEOPLE WHO CANNOT BE GOOD TO ANIMALS
    THEM ALOT OF THEM MAY NOT BE GREAT FOR PEOPLE ALSO………KATHLEEN LUSHER

  20. Sheldon says:

    Take a break from having sex with your kids and do the job you’re paid to do- TAKE CARE OF THE HELPLESS, you morons !!!

  21. Susan says:

    As the owner of ten dogs and four cats all of which were rescued from local shelters and are my pride and joy I am disgusted with the Clay County Shelter! This is suppose to be a shelter for these beautiful innocent animals and instead it’s a prison with torture. How do the people who work there look at themselves in the mirror each morning and feel good about themselves? They should be ashamed of themselves and I pray that what goes around comes around to them and one day when they are judged by God he will treat them the same way they treated these innocent helpless babies.

  22. Susan says:

    Brit, you are an idiot! Just reading your post shows you have no intelligence what so ever! It just goes to reason you can’t possibly understand the other posts written by people who truly love and feel for these animals and have more understanding and intelligence than you can ever imagine. May I also suggest you go back to school and learn how to compose a proper sentence!!

  23. Pamela says:

    It seems to me that the people of Clay Cty. need to find out where this shelter and either vote these people out if they are elected officials or keep pestering the police until they do something about this! It is an outrage that everybody sits by and does nothing for these sweet animals! Is everybody waiting for somebody else to do something?

  24. katrina carter says:

    I agree with all the above comments ,dont know how people can be so cruel and ignorant ,poor animals dont deserve to be treated and ignored like this ….needs to be far tougher laws on this kind of cruelty…

  25. T says:

    Brit, you are a moron! Leave a good thing alone?? Are you kidding me? What is good about those photos? I hope to God you don’t have pets because if you do, they are most likely abused and mistreated. It’s people like YOU who keep this kind of behavior alive and well. You know what I would like to do???? Put you in a cage, hope like crazy you get sick and have eye infections then let you sit there and suffer. What? Isn’t that good enough for you? It’s good enough for the animals, why not for you?

    You need help. Sick, sick person.

  26. Dee Ohliger says:

    First of all thank you to the citizen who had the guts to actually do something about this horrible situation. Second is that this type of situation may be more common than we the public know. That certainly doesn’t make it right.
    In my rural California county the animals were not cleaned or fed when the shelter was closed during the weekends until one of our nonprofit group volunteers repeatedly “talked” to the sheriff that this was not acceptable (that was just four years ago). The county doesn’t adopt certain dogs because of county liability. Animals are euthanized on the kennel floor in front of the other animals – there is no separate medical room. The one reliable vet in the county doesn’t discount services, the vet who euthanizes the animals doesn’t sedate them first – the county doesn’t have the money for that. Our nonprofit group is looking into how we can solve this.
    My point being without nonprofit groups and caring citizens to help, the counties will not and can not afford to put money into the shelters that are at the bottom of the money totem pole.

  27. D'Arcy says:

    That shelter is hard to find! But here’s where it is:

    1. Take the highway, 11/421, to Manchester, a bit north of the Hal Rogers Parkway.(In Manchester highway is called Richmond Road)
    2. Turn to cross over the cement bridge at 2nd Street (this is at a traffic light. You’ll be turning left across the bridge if you’re coming from the south, right across bridge if you’re coming from north)
    3. Turn left onto Railroad Avenue. Stay on this road as it turns into Littleton Road.
    4. Follow Littleton Road for awhile, go down a pretty big hill.
    5. On your left – you will see a road called County Garage Road. You’re there! Turn onto that road, the animal shelter is behind the garage, beside the creek….you can hardly see it until you’re inside the garage gates.

    Shelter hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30-4:00.

    You can also see the shelter if you turn off the highway onto Memorial Drive, make a quick left onto Marcum, then a right onto Bowling Street. Just before Bowling Street curves to the right, you’ll see a little gravel road in front of you…that’s the other entrance to the garage/shelter property.

    People in Manchester and Clay County, and elsewhere in Kentucky – I encourage you to go check it out. This is our state and our tax dollars – if we want to see these innocent animals’ living conditions improve, we’ve got to push for change. Kudos to Tori, Frost Brown Todd and ALDF for standing up for what’s right – and legal!!

  28. Liz Cassen says:

    Call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office
    at 606-598-3471.
    Ask for Sheriff Kevin Johnson or “Angie”.
    Tell them how concerned you are, as I just
    did.
    I was told the Sheriff was not in, and to
    call back Monday morning, 12/13/2010

    Can these animals wait that long?
    Liz

  29. Clay County Tiger says:

    Before you continue to gripe about the atrocities at this pound…keep in mind that is is only the person / people who run the shelter…not the entire COUNTY. You people judge our county and make stereotypical comments which are degrading toward our citizens. I for one didn’t even know we had a dog pound to begin with. Of course many of these animals need care, that isn’t up for debate, however don’t make prejudice statements against our residents. Many of you have shown what the lack of a quality education does for our youth.

  30. Dog Lover says:

    Crawdad makes me sick he acts like he is such a animal lover then to let this go on . His son is the dog warden that makes 60,000 a year to take care of the pound .Sure doesn’t look like he is doing his job. P.S. Crawdad is the county judge in Clay County and his son Bo Sizemore is the dog warden.

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