Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Letters to the Editor

May 7, 2014

Counties could improve animal control

May 7, 2014 — The editor:

After reviewing the requested documentation we received from Judge-Executive Charles Wallace's office (with help from Carter County Attorney Patrick Flannery's office) pertaining to Carter County's animal control and

sheltering program, it is our finding that although a consistent effort was made to send collected stray and owner relinquished dogs and cats to the Greenup County animal shelter to be 'destroyed' - the overall reality is that the animal control program is woefully inadequate.

Considering that Greenup's shelter has already publicly stated it will no longer accept any 'out of county' animals - we believe that the only practical and economically feasible solution to the ongoing problem is for the county government to 'step up to the plate' and address the issue just as other counties with similar supporting tax bases have already done: construct its own facility.

As state laws allows county governments to 'share' in the usage of adequate shelters - wouldn't it make more sense for Carter County to potentially contract with the same counties that were also using Greenup County's shelter (Johnson and Martin) and construct a modern, family-friendly facility that could be staffed by volunteers, incarcerated inmates and overseen by a local 'yet-to-be-created' humane society? Rather than simply collecting and sending animals to a certain death - the county could instead work with rescue groups and other nonprofit, out-of-state organizations to save the lives of the dogs and cats here by sending them there as their more progressive mandatory spay and neuter legislation have amazingly created a shortage of adoptable animals.

Truthfully, killing unadopted animals is not a compassionate, long-term solution; it's simply the easiest way for the county to cruelly rid itself of innocent dogs and cats whose lives could otherwise be saved. Furthermore, constructing a county animal shelter would show the citizens of the community just what a conscientious, capable county government, or current political candidate, could do to address an issue that concerns and impacts everyone ultimately - whether financially, or morally.

Randy Skaggs,

Founder & President

The Trixie Foundation

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