Community voices concerns about McCracken County Animal Shelter's conditions


Nick Miller

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry called a workshop meeting on Monday to discuss options for the McCracken County Animal Shelter.

Since opening in 2010, the county has spent $320,000 a year on the facility and it's employees. More than 700 animals were at the shelter last year, and as of last week there were more than 100 animals housed in what Newberry called "an emergency shelter". Newberry said something has to change.

Options presented were to try and partner with an existing shelter, to open a new shelter, or to build a new facility which he estimated would cost 1.1 million dollars.

Some concerned community member say those are good long-term ideas, but conditions there need to be fixed now.

"We don't have another three months. There's dogs that need help now, cats that need help now. So that's my biggest concern," one community member said.