After the director of the Edmonson County Animal Shelter was recently charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, Grayson County officials were forced to find a new place to house the stay-animals from the county.
The director of the shelter, Kimberly Carroll, 50, of Bee Springs, was cited and charged with Cruelty to Animals, 2nd Degree after the Kentucky State Police Post 3 received a complaint on Saturday, June 4 of animals at the shelter were not being taken care of properly, including one animal that they believed to be dead on the property.
According to a report issued by the state police, when units arrived on scene at the shelter located at 188 Sanders Road in Bee Springs, they found 47 dogs and 17 cats in extremely poor living conditions and several of the animals appeared to be malnourished.
Also located on the property were three deceased cats and one deceased dog.
The Grayson County Fiscal Court is currently under contract with Carroll to accept stray dogs and cats from the county for a fee of $2,000 a month.
The closure of that shelter left local Grayson County Animal Control Officer Alvie Burns with nowhere to take local strays. But after the county called Ohio County Animal Control Officer Tracy Ward, she agreed to allow the animals to be taken there on a temporary basis.
“We are helping out for right now,” said Ward. “I am not sure what will happen in the future. All we agreed to, at the moment, was to help out temporarily.”
Grayson County Judge Executive Gary Logsdon was unavailable for comment on Monday, but County Attorney Clay Ratley confirmed the Ohio County Shelter was housing any animals that are picked up locally.
“I am sure this will be discussed during our next Fiscal Court meeting (Friday, June 17 at 11 a.m.),” said Ratley. “Until then we are taking them to Ohio County.”
Keeping the animals local at the Grayson County Human Society does not seem to be an option.
Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason said, “As far I know, no one has asked. If they did ask, we would have to change a few things, but as of now, no one has asked.”
The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Kentucky State Trooper Justin Rountree. He was assisted by Trooper Daniel Priddy and the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department.
No other details can be released at this time.
Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.