Kentucky Animal Shelters in the Dog HousePosted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on August 20, 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.