McCracken Co in KY parted ways with the local humane society after a whistleblower’s testimony resulted in cruelty charges (related to heartsticking fully conscious pets and unlicensed workers killing animals) against two employees in 2011. In June of this year, the animal shelter task force recommended re-establishing a partnership with the local HS “as long as agreement is reached to provide humane care for the animals”. Which this “humane” would somehow be different than the previous “humane” which resulted in the cruelty charges, I guess.
Diana Cruickshank of the task force outlined the policies of the Humane Society of Lexington, which has been listed as a possible model for Paducah. […] A person in Lexington gave her data indicating that 40 percent of the 10,000 animals captured each year are euthanized[.]
That’s the model? If a 40% kill rate is your shoot-for-the-stars aspiration, you need a new task force McCracken Co.
And just because everything is FUBAR, enter PETA:
[Judge-Executive Van] Newberry said the county has received a letter from People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals asking them to euthanize more animals – something he found shocking.
Oh hey yeah, that is weird. Except that PETA runs a large pet killing hellhouse itself and is known both for encouraging other facilities to kill more animals and giving them frowny faces when they stop. But I love that the county politician was all head-scratchery:
The letter said keeping animals long-term in an overcrowded shelter was more cruel than euthanizing them, but Newberry said the county shelter currently takes any animal and tries its best to keep them until they are adopted.
Warehousing animals or killing them. These are the only two options, per PETA. And yet, like Mr. Newberry, I can’t help but long for Door Number Three. The one where the shelter does the job taxpayers pay for and actually shelters animals or at least “tries its best to keep them until they are adopted”. Just like hundreds of other open admission shelters are doing all over the country. As if it’s their job.
I don’t know what’s going to happen to the community’s lost and homeless pets in McCracken Co and I’m concerned. But at least they didn’t fall for the It Says ETHICAL Right Here On The Letterhead shenanigans from one of the killiest animal organizations in the country. That’s encouraging. I hope McCracken Co applies similar common sense strategies to the sheltering issues it currently faces.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)