RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A Madison County man has willed $190,000 to the Madison County animal shelter to help spay and neuter animals.
Animal shelter director Scott Tussey says the donation left by Joseph "Tony" Bennett will change the lives of adopted dogs and cats. The county has dealt with problems trying to counter the growing population of stray animals through accidental breeding.
"There are some animals that roam in the county," Tussey said, "Obviously it's up to an owners responsibility to take care of your animals and keep them on your own property."
County leaders announced the donation during Tuesday morning's Fiscal Court meeting. The county will soon be able to start what will be called the Bennett Saves Initiative in an effort to help control the stray population.
"We will be able to account for 100 percent of all of our animals that are adopted through our shelter, which averages about 650 to 700 animals per year," Tussey says.
"We'll utilize his money for years to come to help grow this program," Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor says.
Initiative organizers are now tasked with partnering with local veterinarians. Madison County will also set up a fund to help keep the program running beyond the initial donation.