Animal control officer hopes to turn county's image around


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Randall Barnes

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - Marshall County Animal Control Officer Dennis Lovett knows horses aren't supposed to look frail.

"I'm trying to work as hard as I possibly can," he said.

He's been on the job for eight months and said he's trying to turn the public's perception of the county's animal control unit around.

"I just kind of feel that with the incident going on here now, that they don't really have the faith in the animal control that I would like to see at this time," Lovett said.

After taking complaints on the condition of a horse for months, Lovett said he talked the owner into giving it up.  Lovett said the owner was in compliance with providing food and water, but the owner's age prevented him from checking on the horse everyday. The county's animal control department now responds to all animal related problems, which lovett says wasn't the case in the past.

"As far as the urgency, we sometimes have to prioritize the calls that we have coming in," he said.

While some may consider this case urgent, Lovett said the owner was not doing anything illegal and he wanted to help him find a solution.

"We are gradually trying to be what we need to be to everybody," he said.