Animal Shelter Is Facing Financial Problems

It's an animal shelter that serves three counties in southern Kentucky but officials say they can't continue to operate without more help from city and county governments.

The future of the shelter was talked about at the Whitley County Fiscal Court Meeting.

Knox-Whitley County Animal Shelter officials say their future does not look bright unless they receive more funding from the counties they serve.

County officials say they want to help but before they do the shelter must prove to them and the taxpayers where the money is going.

Both the shelter and Whitley County officials say they need to find a way to keep the shelter open.

“Basically back to over population stray dogs stray cats everywhere,” Shelter Director Amy Young said.

Shelter officials say that is a real possibility if they are unable to receive more funds.

So shelter officials asked for more money at the Whitley County Fiscal Court's monthly meeting.

“I have to be able to any funds that we give to the shelter I have to be able to justify to the taxpayers that they are being fairly treated,” Whitley County Judge Executive Pat White said.

White said the shelter must provide a detailed list of where the extra money would go.

“If Knox and some of these other counties are using there services up there contributions I think we can work out a reasonable resolution for everybody,” Judge White said.

Both Pat White and Amy Young say they are committed to making sure the shelter stays open.

Both parties plan to meet within the next couple of weeks in hopes of coming up with some solutions to the shelter's money problems.

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  • by Sheila Location: Richmond on May 9, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    I don't think most people realize how important it is to support your local animal shelter. Every County should help them and if they didn't what would happen to all the stray animals that people just dump every where. At least the animal shelter tries to care for and find new homes for these animals. They deserve the financial help no matter what the cost is.


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