Encourage Kentucky to Enforce Their “Humane Shelter Law”

Sign the petition!What should be a place of refuge for homeless animals is more like a filthy prison.
Despite passage of the “Humane Shelter Law," many Kentucky counties
are treating the animals in their care with reckless disregard for the
suffering that they are causing. This misconduct continues because the
Humane Shelter Law has no enforcement provision and the state has not
stepped in and demanded that the basic standards of care required by
the Law be provided to these animals.

Please sign 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.

Conditions at the Clay County shelter.
Before and after photos of the Robertson County shelter.

Petition to Governor Steve Beshear

Commonwealth of Kentucky

In 2004, the state of Kentucky abdicated its responsibility to
protect all citizens of the state by relinquishing the authority to
oversee and regulate the animal shelters in each county in the state.
Despite passage of the "Humane Shelter Law" (KRS Chap. 258) that same
year, many Kentucky counties are treating the animals in their care with
reckless disregard for the suffering that they are causing. This
misconduct continues because the Humane Shelter Law has no enforcement
provision and the state has not stepped in and demanded that the basic
standards of care required by the Law be provided to these animals.

While the state stands idly by, animals are suffering and dying in
deplorable conditions. Preventable shelter-borne diseases, filth, flea
and tick infestations and contaminate water are common. Even worse,
there are stories across the state of dogs and cats being routinely
euthanized, even shot (illegal under the 2004 law), without any attempt
to find their owners or adopt them into loving homes.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed lawsuits in two particularly
problematic counties — Robertson and Estill — that helped put an end
to the abuse and neglect that was running rampant, and also negotiated
to achieve improvements in Rockcastle County, but the problems are
taking place all across the state. As a supporter of the Animal Legal
Defense Fund, I strongly urge you 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.
As a pet owner, you have a real chance to make a difference in the
lives of thousands of animals. I urge you to act quickly.

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