Grant County Animal Shelter Facing Harsh Accusations

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Mixed signals have many people worried about the future of dozens of dogs at the Grant County animal shelter.
Employees said dogs wouldn't be euthanized, but the shelter put information on a website saying otherwise.

In the last couple of days, 27 News First has been contacted by several people worried about the future of the animals at the Grant County Animal Shelter.

It all started with a website where the shelter claimed they were going to have kill many of the dogs.

Brittany Deatherage is an animal lover and a shelter volunteer who is now trying to protect the puppies.

"I heard if a certain number of dogs didn't get adopted this week, they were going to have to put some dogs down this weekend", Deatherage says.

Brittany says she was told that 110 dogs would be euthanized this weekend.

The shelter says that just isn't true.

"We're at capacity but have no plans on euthanizing", says Jeremy Souder, the Grant County Animal Shelter Director.

In fact, they say they haven't euthanized in five months and are trying not to. To help get more dogs adopted, they are using the website "Petfinder" to list their dogs.

"It gives our contact info and allow people anywhere to search for a particular animal", says Souder.

But, that website recently said the animal planned on euthanizing dogs.
Beneath the pictures, it read "Our shelter is at capacity and we will have to euthanize dogs if we can't get enough adopted during the week of August 24th".

The shelter Director says the date was put on there only as a way to show the pictures of the animals were current.

"And that if somethings not done then we are gonna have to look at euthanizing", says Souder.

Words that are now gone from the web page, after we brought this story to their attention.

"We've updated all of those and worked on that all day yesterday", Souder says.

Still, Brittany says for the public, it was too misleading and made people believe the dogs would die unless they were adopted immediately.

"I don't think that's a good idea to use that at a marketing tool because cry wolf one too many times and then people won't want to help you out", says Deatherage.

The shelter says they do not plan on euthanizing any dogs this weekend and never intended for the website to be misleading.

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  • by PERSON? Location: kentucky on Aug 29, 2008 at 10:52 AM
    if you are so worried about children and veterans then maybe you should spend less time making comments and more time helping children and veterans. people love dogs and cats and you don't have the right to worry over what i am worrying about so keep your pie hole closed. JackA**
  • by Rachael Location: Corbin on Aug 28, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    The shelter workers are not the ones to blame to here. EVERYONE, who has neglected to have their pets altered is at fault. If the shelter doesn't euthanize they can NOT accept or help any other animals. There are a lot of things worse than euthanasia, like starving to death. The animals who receive a warm place to sleep, a good meal, and the loving far well of euthanasia are much better served than the ones who are confined to a small cage for months. It's the quality of life that matters, not the length of it. Fix your pets and adopt from a shelter instead of buying from a pet store & supporting a puppy mill. If everyone would do those 2 things, there wouldn't be a need for any animals to be euthanized, due to the lack of space at any shelter.
  • by PERSON Location: KENTUCKY on Aug 27, 2008 at 01:15 PM
  • by Faith Location: Lexington on Aug 27, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    I think everyone is focusing on the wrong things here...I don't see where Brittany has tried to damage the shelters reputation or has tried to damage their business. What good what that to for her cause of getting these dogs adopted? I think she has tried to focus on the fact that there is a severe urgency in people needed to adopt and that the shelter is extremely over populated. It appears to me her goal was to save the lives of the dogs or at least to give them some more time to have a chance to be adopted...I think she was successful. I didnt read or see on the news where one curse word,one negative statement, or anything else damaging was said about the shelter or the staff there. Everything was focused on what the shelter had posted themself.There own doing brought whatever negative publicity is coming to them.They should focus now on having the spotlight on them and using it to promote adoptions for these animals. Turn bad into good,thats what life is about, not pointing fingers!
  • by Pam on Aug 27, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    Don't know anything firsthand about the Grant Co. Shelter, but I am proud to see someone willing to take a stand & speak out when they feel there is a "wrong" occurring. I agree that "scare" tactics are probably not the best marketing tool for pet adoption. At least, this overcrowded situation at the shelter is now in the public eye & hopefully will lead to more adoptions. Way to go, Brittany!
  • by Kassie Location: Lexington, KY on Aug 27, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    I agree with Brittany Deatherage. I find her very courageous for stepping up and giving those poor dogs a voice. I went to and saw where the shelter would euthanize several dogs this week and was outraged. I went back yesterday and noticed that all of that was taken down after WKYT aired this story last night. Grant County needs to quit using euthanization as a marketing tool and be an honest pet shelter. There are several other options aside from euthanization, it just takes a little extra work on their part, such as taking some of the pets to Petsmart or Incredipet and having an adoption day. Thanks to Brittany's efforts, Grant County has put pets on for the animals to be adopted, but in order for pets to be adopted, they need to have normal business hours where the public can come adopt these animals, not close at 2:00 in the afternoon. Let's hope these poor pups find a loving home that they deserve.
  • by question on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:35 AM
    if the shelter wasn't doing anything shady, why were they so quick to take off the Petfinder posting like the director in the story says once it was brought to their attention? just wondering.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    For the record...I have volunteered there as well and although I believe the director and inmates have worked to improve the shelter, I know they are covering themselves right now. They had talked about euthanizing animals, even though they've quit doing that to make the shelter look good. I understand sometimes animals have to be put to sleep, but don't lie about it once people start getting upset about it! I think this young lady is very passionate about saving animals lives and tried standing up for them. And I agree, that should have never been put on Petfinder if they didn't plan on doing it like it said. That is lying to the public. On another note, the shelter is at capacity! Everyone adopt a pet! They need good homes!
  • by James Location: Lexington on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    okay...i watched the story. is it false statements when the woman says they had it on the website the animals were going to die....and then the shelter guy admitted they did put it on their website. Seems like they slipped up! Shouldn't have done that if they are trying so hard not to euthanize their pets!
  • by Susan Location: Richmond on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:58 AM
    I saw it on the Petfinder website too when I was looking for a pet and can't believe they had it on there. That's just wrong! Don't say you are going to kill an animal and not mean it!
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