Making A Difference: Richmond Man’s Posthumous Gift Helps Animal Shelter

Posted at 8:23 AM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 08:23:56-04

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Richmond man is being remembered for his generosity, months after he passed away.

On Monday in Madison County Fiscal Court, Joseph "Tony" Bennett’s attorney gave the county animal shelter a check from Bennett’s estate totaling more than $190,000.

"Obviously, we were ecstatic," said Madison County Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor. "This is a first for me."

How often do you see a check worth six figures?

"I hope it’s not the last," he said.

Bennett did not have any family when he died last summer, so his $190,897.24 estate will be going to the cats and dogs he loved so much.

"Through his gift in the county," Taylor said, "we’re going to try and increase our spay and neuter program with these funds."

So the $190,000 question is: Who was Bennett?

"Very Nice, very quiet, very humble," said former neighbor Bill Grise, who says he had no idea about Bennett’s plan to donate to the shelter.

Grise says Bennett kept to himself at this house and was a private person.

But his gift will touch many others.

"Now it bothers me I haven’t met him, that I could not met him for what he’s done for Madison County and for the future," Taylor said.