County Judge Executives looking to relocate KY River Regional Animal Shelter

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Some say the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter is in need of a new home.

"We might have a new one with maybe some new more current ideas on how things are set up," said Martha Quigley, of the shelter.

"The architectural design, we may be able to incorporate some more modern facilities, although the shelter we have right now has served us very well," said Quigley.

It has not been eligible for grants because they did not own the land or the building.

"We want to move into an area where they can own their own building where they can receive these grants," said Perry County Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble.

Methane gas from a landfill near the potential new site could be an eco-friendly way to save some green. By reducing gas into the atmosphere, they can get carbon credits.

"We have got a company that has come in that is wanting to catch that gas and burn that off and then get carbon credits," said Noble.
'Different companies that pollute the air, they buy those carbon credits and we thought if we would catch that gas, and there is not a big cost to do that, use that gas to heat the animal shelter and help use it for the machine that cremates the dogs, which would save a lot of money."

Noble said the cremation machine uses around a thousand gallons per month at present and the cost of heating the place is a lot as well. Noble said the facility does not have a sewer system which has caused some issues.

"We will be able to treat the animals in a better fashion and do a better job with them," said Noble.

"Judge Noble, Judge Ward, Judge Richardson and I are all working together and i think we have met and we are all in agreement that we would like to have a bigger, better, newer shelter for the kentucky river region," said Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson.

"Right now the location is holding it back," said Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward.

Ward said that the location off of Highway 80 is not very visible and perhaps if it is relocated to a place with more visibility the public will be able to more easily adopt a four-legged friend.

"I think it's a great thing," said Quigley.

Noble said that the judges all have to vote on the possibility before the new location is determined.


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