Animal Rights Supporters Target Two Kentucky Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two Kentucky counties have been targeted in separate lawsuits by animal rights supporters who claim the local shelters are inhumane for the animals they're supposed to care for.

The lawsuits were filed Wednesday and claim that officials in Robertson County in northern Kentucky and Estill County in eastern Kentucky are breaking state law. Both complaints are asking the court to order local officials to clean up the shelters.

"We're just asking them to do what they're already obligated to do," said Katie Brophy, a Louisville attorney representing the plaintiffs.

Kentucky has had problems with animal shelters in recent years, prompting lawmakers in 2003 to pass legislation aimed at improving them. The legislation was proposed after a Henry County shelter was captured on videotape euthanizing stray dogs by shooting them.

Court documents list Toni Penrod of Mount Olivet and Angelika Kasey of Louisville as plaintiffs. They say the local animal shelters are in violation of state law that requires counties to provide stray animals with proper food and shelter.

Penrod lives in Robertson County and wants to see a new shelter built there. The existing building does not provide animals with proper shelter from the elements, Penrod said.


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  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Aug 21, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Put the people in jail for animal abuse fire them and find people who love animals to operate the shelters. People who abuse animals are one step below child abusers.
  • by Halyn Location: Pulaski County on Aug 21, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Someone should clean up the Pulaski County Animal Shelter. They are working under such a limited budget that it doesn't look like the dogs and cats have medical care or food.
  • by Think about it on Aug 21, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    The dogs are properly cared for. From what I hear the compliant is that the dogs do not have air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. You tell me what household provides this to a dog they keep outside.
  • by Mad in Carter County Location: Grayson on Aug 21, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    You should check out the Carter County Animal Control Officer. When we called in to have a stray dog and her puppies removed from our property, we were told to do the 3 s's shot them shovel them and shut up.It made me so mad. I am now taking care of dogs that don't belong to me and trying to find them good homes......
  • by gwen Location: d. on Aug 21, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    For years, I have & still do feed every stray cat or dog that comes to my house. I may not have a 5 acre farm, but there is NO excuse to let an animal starve.

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