Undercover video of Humane Society prompts investigation

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Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Terry Snell

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — Investigators say he put down 8,000 animals without any sedation.

That animal euthanasia specialist faces criminal charges and the humane society where he worked is under serious scrutiny.

This all stems from one employee who said despite what his bosses told him, he knew something wasn't right. He took matters into his own hands, capturing what went on behind the scenes on video.

For weeks, McCracken County Humane Society employee Jeremiah Robertson quietly captured incriminating sound and video on his cell phone.

When he figured he had enough evidence, he went to the McCracken County Sheriff.

We obtained some of the video and audio that led investigators to charges of improper euthanasia.

The video shows dying dogs, lying in pools of their own blood. A cat roams loose as the dogs draw their last breath.

Video of the same room on a different day shows that cats died together in a pile. The employee who shot this video said it's not uncommon for dead animals to be left for days and often in the same room with uncaged, live animals.

And as if the video isn't disturbing enough, there's the audio, captured during euthanasia. From the recording, it's obvious the animals are in pain.

"They bled. They yelped. I've seen them bleed from the mouths where he missed the heart and got the lung," Robertson said. "Its pretty rough."

Robertson had his friends at Big Wireless take all the video off his cell phone and send it to investigators. He said he had to, because talking to his supervisors about his concerns wasn't working.

"I tried to discuss several things with them," he said. "They just weren't hearing me."

Robertson still works at the McCracken County Humane Society and hopes this video creates enough outrage that things like this never happen again.

Robertson said after he released the video to authorities, the McCracken County Humane Society Director Shirley Grimes created a new rule: no cell phones while at work.

We reached out to Grimes to get her response to all this. She had no comment.

The McCracken County Attorney told Local 6 while the director may have an ethical obligation to make sure things like this don't happen, legally, the responsibilty falls on the certified animal euthanasia specialist.

The employee facing charges is 32-year-old Beau Anderson, of McCracken County. He's charged with nine counts of violating a state statute, euthanizing animals without sedation.

We've provided a link to the undercover video Robertson shot. See the related content link on this page. Before you watch the video, we want to warn you: what you are about to see is extremely graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.

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