Shelter workers: area Humane Society will no longer accept animals
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — With a criminal investigation continuing, Local 6 got its first look inside a local animal shelter Tuesday.
Staffers assure us they're neither euthanizing nor accepting any animals.
Meanwhile, the community has responded by getting as many animals as possible out of the facility.
Inside the shelter, there were plenty of cries for attention and impossibly sad faces.
But that's not what got Annie Gore. She said she came to the McCracken County Humane Society Tuesday because it was the right thing to do.
"The only way to get the animals out of here is to come adopt and that's what we're doing."
It took just minutes for her to select Felix.
"He was very friendly and went right in the carrier like he knew he was going home."
Since the news broke last Wednesday of what allegedly went on behind closed doors, plenty of animals are getting homes.
The privately-run organization was the focus of a criminal investigation last week, that after troubling video of unsanitary conditions and improper euthanasia surfaced.
That's why the county has threatened to cut off funding and is in the process of opening its own shelter.
It is also what has driven large numbers of people to the McCracken County Humane Society to adopt.
"That's one less cat that's in there on the floor or being hurt," Kelley Sizemore said of her decision to adopt.
She said it was an online push on Facebook that brought her to the shelter and the sweet face of a little gray kitten that sealed the deal.
"This is her," she told a friend. "This is the one."
A staffer at the McCracken County Humane Society said adoption fees have been scaled back to $20.
Again, she said for the time being, the shelter will not accept any more animals and they are not performing any euthanizations.
We reached out to the Humane Society of the United States, and received a response from Pamela Rogers, the Kentucky state director of HSUS:
"The use of intracardiac injection on conscious animals is never acceptable, and it is a practice that is not only denounced by The HSUS it has been deemed an unacceptable practice by the AVMA. We are encouraged that the state of Kentucky is taking this allegation seriously, and believe this situation this should be a reminder to every agency and office nationwide of their responsibility to ensure that they exemplify only the highest standards of humane euthanasia.
"While The HSUS is not directly affiliated with local humane societies or veterinary practices, and thus does not impose standards of operation, we have extended an offer of assistance to McCracken Humane Society to review and improve their euthanasia practices, along with all other animal care policies and protocols."