I’m just one person. What can I do?
November 21, 2011
Jeremiah Robertson did one thing. He saw cruelty at the McCracken Co Humane Society where he worked and he reported it. When his supervisors ignored him, he documented the cruelty and took his evidence to the sheriff’s office.
As a result of his efforts, the certified euthanasia technician who allegedly violated KY state law by heartsticking some 8000 fully conscious pets is now facing criminal charges. And the director – who ignored Mr. Robertson’s pleas for the shelter’s pets and who banned cell phones within the pound after learning Mr. Robertson had obtained his evidence via his cell phone – is quitting. Director Shirley Grimes released a statement which reads, in part:
I wish to announce publicly my intention to resign as the Director of the McCracken County Humane Society effective at the next Humane Society board meeting which will be held in early December . I have been the director for 34 years and have poured my heart and soul into caring for these animals. I realize it is my time to step aside and allow new leadership and ideas into the way the humane society is operated.
In addition, the county ACOs will no longer take pets to the McCracken Co HS:
After hearing the results of the Sheriff’s Department investigation Wednesday, the county sprang into action.
Animal control officers will no longer drop off animals at the McCracken County Humane Society.
The county is temporarily housing pets at the Road Department and planning to open its own shelter in the next couple of weeks.
Mr. Robertson is utilizing his federal protections as a whistleblower in order to speak to the media:
He said shelter director Shirley Grimes knew what was going on because she is the treasurer and in charge of the money.
“She knew that these medicines weren’t being bought,” he said of sedation medicine to put animals down humanely.
Investigators said that medication would have cost $1,000 a year.
Robertson said there is nothing humane about what happens at the McCracken County Humane Society. But he is staying, hoping he can make things better.
He said he does not regret his actions.
Regret? Aw hell no! Mr. Robertson, you are a hero. If not for your actions, the pets at the McCracken Co HS would still be suffering unspeakably cruel deaths. Thank you for speaking up and for not taking “no” for an answer. I wish you all the best in your efforts to turn things around at your shelter. May I suggest a proven model for success? Please let us know if we can help you.