Man who dropped dog over Clark County Animal Shelter's fence has happy ending

Posted at 10:31 AM, Aug 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-23 12:20:38-04

WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — UPDATE: The man who dropped a dog over the animal shelter's fence has come forward... and the story definitely has a happy ending.

On Monday afternoon, animal shelter officials told LEX 18 that the man had a medical emergency on Sunday and didn't know what to do with his dog. He told them he wanted the dog to be somewhere safe, and that's why he dropped it off there.

Shelter workers were able to verify his story, and the dog is now back home with his owner. Shelter officials do want to remind you that if you want to surrender an animal to them, contact them ahead of time to arrange a time to drop off the animal safely.

They say there are a lot of unknowns about abandoned animals, and having a conversation with the previous owner is beneficial to keeping the animal healthy and happy, and to be placed in the perfect home.


The Clark County Animal Shelter is looking for a person they say tossed a dog over a fence at the animal shelter and abandoned it.

In a Facebook post, the animal shelter says staff members went to the shelter Sunday night for a health issue involving another animal that had been surrendered. When workers got to the shelter, they found another dog had been abandoned.

When they looked at the surveillance video, they say they saw a man pull up, dump a medium size pit bull-type dog over the fence, and leave within 90 seconds.

"We have checked all emails, Facebook messages, and answering machines to be sure no one left a message and this was a misunderstanding," the animal shelter writes. "Our staff can be reached by any of these methods even after hours and there are instructions on the machine to reach someone for emergencies."

They are asking the man to contact them immediately so they can complete the proper surrender procedure. They also want information from the man that they would need to find the dog a new home.

"We make ourselves available because we care about animals and they shouldn't be punished because of people," the shelter says.

The animal shelter says they have a clear image of the man's license plate and face. They'll move forward with criminal charges if they are required to do so.