The Taylor Co pound in KY is by all accounts, a hellhole. There have been allegations of inhumane conditions and practices, including pets being buried alive and burned alive, for years. A disturbing video posted recently on YouTube shows images of suffering pets (and at least one dead dog) at the pound. (It’s a 6 minute video which took me 3 installments to get through. Use your discretion.)
Last month, Taylor Co used a $150,000 grant from the KY Department of Agriculture to open a new shelter. This month, the county judge-executive announced the facility would no longer operate as a shelter. The vague plan was to use the new building as a holding facility only and transfer pets after one day to some unnamed location(s). The local news asked why the county would cease operating an animal shelter so soon after opening a new one:
The judge executive says the shelter is closing because of constant public information requests from animal groups that cost $100,000 to produce.
First off, the cost to copy public records is normally passed along to the party filing the request. Secondly – $100k? Is Taylor Co paying the records clerk $1000 an hour to copy records onto gold paper? Sorry but that claim smells fishy to me. It sounds more like the county calling the wahmbulance because pesky animal advocates are demanding the people at the shelter do their jobs. In retaliation, the county is going to take its ball and go home. And tell Mom.
Thankfully the state Department of Agriculture developed an interest when the news broke that Taylor Co was closing the shelter just opened with its $150,000 grant:
[Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner James] Comer says, “We consider a shelter a shelter, and if they received grant dollars to have an animal shelter to be able to make animals up for adoption, then that’s what they’re supposed to do.”
Comer says if the shelter’s in breach [of contract for the state grant], he could force the county to keep it open or have the $150,000 returned to the state. “We’re going to go in there and clean it up,” he says.