April 16, 2014 — Stray animals in Carter County may be disappearing…because no one seems to know exactly where they are going.
Carter County had a long-term agreement with the Greenup Animal Shelter, the closest such facility to the county courthouse.
However, Greenup County Animal Control Officer Doug Jordan told the Journal-Times Monday that the shelter would no longer accept animals from Carter County.
“We are currently finishing renovations and we aren't accepting Carter County animals,” Jordan said. “We are going to do away with accepting animals from Carter, Martin and Johnson counties so we can just focus on Greenup County.”
Officials at both the Boyd and Rowan animal shelters said they had been in discussions with Carter officials but had not heard from them in several weeks.
Carter Judge-Executive Charles Wallace said the county's dog warden, Sherman Sparks, is ill and is expected to retire in the near future.
“I talked to Judge Nickell over there at Rowan County and he told us how much it would cost, $15 per animal,” Wallace said. “But he never got back to me with the paperwork.”
Randy Skaggs, owner of the Trixie Foundation, a no-kill animal sanctuary in Webbville, has asked for documentation from the county, and an opinion from the Attorney General on the matter.
In a letter addressed to Wallace dated March 20, Skaggs alleged that Carter County stray animals were not being taken to the Greenup shelter but executed by gun and discarded to save the county money.
The letter requested information about the county's animal control officer, including duties, hours, and contact information, as well as the number of dogs euthanized by gunshot to date and the reasons for doing so.
Skaggs wrote an appeal to the Attorney General's office on April 4, requesting that the AG obtain the requested documentation.