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Concerns received over animal shelter in McCreary County

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 18:24:06-05

MCCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — McCreary County leaders said they received 'very worrisome evidence of animals being improperly treated at our local animal shelter.'

As a result, they've involved local law enforcement and are reviewing the current service provider.

Since July of 2019, the shelter has been operated by the Animal Protection League of McCreary County. It's a non-profit whose volunteers feed, clean and care for the stray dogs.

Manager Pam Duncan spoke with LEX 18 and said the photos shared on social media are seen out of context. She said a picture of dogs crammed in a cage is not what he seems, and she told us the dogs were there while volunteers cleaned their kennels. Duncan said at least one puppy shown in another photo, died at birth.

Duncan said, like many rural shelters, they do the best they can with what they have. She said one dog has lived at the shelter a year.

The Animal Protection League receives 40-thousand dollars a year from the county. "This is a shelter that tries every way in the world to get rescues, to get them adopted out. We don't euthanize them just for space."

In the county judge executive's letter to LEX 18, officials said during previous visits there have been minor concerns -- two dogs in one crate and three dogs loose in the large area enclosure, but when reported the issues were immediately improved.

Duncan says volunteers are always needed and welcome. She hopes people will help them, help McCreary County's homeless animals.

Here's a link to their Facebook page if you'd like to volunteer: