County to contract with Leitchfield Animal Shelter

By Matt Lasley -

The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Friday, May 5 voted to contract with Leitchfield Animal Shelter and allow county dogs to be taken to the local shelter.

The Fiscal Court met in a special-called meeting on Friday to discuss the county’s contract for transporting dogs picked up in the county (outside of the City of Leitchfield).

Traditionally, the county has contracted with out-of-county shelters, including Daviess and Ohio counties, to transport dogs picked up in the county.

“We want to keep the county dogs in the county,” said Leitchfield Animal Shelter Director Jessica Fulkerson. “We have room. We’re very capable.”

Fulkerson also said that by housing dogs picked up in the county in a local shelter, it allows time for pet-owners to locate dogs they may have lost, as opposed to the dogs’ being transported immediately out of the county to a shelter where they may be euthanized after a certain number of days.

Leitchfield Animal Shelter offered to enter into a six-month contract with the county to take all Grayson County dogs at a fee of $100 per dog or $100 per litter of puppies under the age of 4 months.

Per the contract presented by Fulkerson, Leitchfield Animal Shelter will provide all housing and animal care for the county dogs.

The Fiscal Court is currently contracted with Ohio County Animal Shelter to transport dogs picked up in the county, and Judge Executive Gary Logsdon said he would like to maintain the option of having a back-up shelter to which the county can transport dogs should Leitchfield Animal Shelter reach maximum capacity.

Fulkerson said that was an unlikely scenario because Leitchfield Animal Shelter’s current adoption turnover rate is three weeks, if not sooner, and the shelter is looking to add on to its facility in the near future, as well; however, she understood the Fiscal Court’s concern.

Grayson County Attorney Clay Ratley said he could draft a non-exclusive contract with Leitchfield Animal Shelter that would permit the county to use another shelter, if needed.

Additionally, Ratley said he can include a clause that, if everything is going well, the contract will automatically renew every six months.

Following the discussion, the Fiscal Court voted to contract with Leitchfield Animal Shelter to take dogs picked up in the county.

Fulkerson said it has not yet been determined when Leitchfield Animal Shelter may begin taking county animals; however, it may be as early as next month.

For more information about Leitchfield Animal Shelter, visit, call 270-230-8839, or visit the shelter at 213 William Thomason Byway in Leitchfield between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In other business:

*The Fiscal Court voted to draft a letter to be sent to Governor Matt Bevin in response to Bevin’s tax reform, which, Logsdon said, will reduce funding to Kentucky counties.

The letter will encourage the Governor’s Office to reconsider reducing funding to counties.

*The Fiscal Court went into executive session to discuss possible litigation; however, no action was taken.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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