Nearly 80 put down at Harlan County A...

Nearly 80 put down at Harlan County Animal Shelter

There are 31 comments on the WHAS11 story from Sep 18, 2012, titled Nearly 80 put down at Harlan County Animal Shelter. In it, WHAS11 reports that:

Officials at the Harlan County Animal Shelter say they had to euthanize nearly 80 animals.

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Harlan, KY

#1 Sep 18, 2012
If the shelter wouldn't charge so much to adopt an animal maybe more could find a good home. I would rather they be euthanized than sitting in cages cause ppl can't afford them.

Tiptonville, TN

#2 Sep 18, 2012
sad wrote:
If the shelter wouldn't charge so much to adopt an animal maybe more could find a good home. I would rather they be euthanized than sitting in cages cause ppl can't afford them.
then maybe you should consider promoting the idea of responsible ownership, spay/neuter, and pets aren't toys.

the shelters don't breed and neglect these animals. they take them in and attempt to find them homes; otherwise they roam around and become problems for others.

i was in corbin a few weeks back and indirectly met your shelter director. he was transporting 80+ animals up north to a no kill rescue. there is only so much that can be done when careless and irresponsible people won't and don't consider their pets as sentient life forms.

Cumberland, KY

#3 Sep 18, 2012
I dont care for the dog catcher , he is on a crusade against pit bulls , and accusses every one that owns one of fighting them. which isnt true

Tiptonville, TN

#4 Sep 18, 2012
wow wrote:
I dont care for the dog catcher , he is on a crusade against pit bulls , and accusses every one that owns one of fighting them. which isnt true
pit bulls are one of the top ten most euthanized dogs in the usa.

pitbulls are also the number one breed for human mauling fatalities in the usa because of irresponsible pet owners.

Richmond, KY

#5 Sep 18, 2012
Sure hope they don't use gas chambers here! Look up "help ban animal has chambers" on Facebook. They is no such thing as "humanely euthanize!" The ones that aren't quite killed off by the gas chamber are sometimes burned alive. That's right folks. Just do a bit of research about the atrocities of this practice. It is sickening.
catrons creek area

Baxter, KY

#6 Sep 18, 2012
there have been several dogs missing that I know of in Catrons Creek I am not sure whats going on.. BUT we have our pet missing ..He always stayed at home but now hes gone. I hope if somoene is doing something with these doggies that they will stop.. This was my childs pet.

Richmond, KY

#7 Sep 18, 2012
I wish some people would take care of their dogs and keep them chained or fenced in. I can't hardly walk out of my yard for the fear of someone's dog attacking me.

United States

#8 Sep 18, 2012
Too much life on earth, what happens when there is too much of something? It loses value. Welcome to the end of days.

Jonesville, VA

#9 Sep 19, 2012
Looks like they could get an animal league started and also let the community know that they are going to put down this many animals. Also it wouldn't hurt the vets to do a few free spay and neuters then take them to Walmart or somewhere people can see them. They've done it over here before.

Ballwin, MO

#10 Sep 19, 2012
sad wrote:
If the shelter wouldn't charge so much to adopt an animal maybe more could find a good home. I would rather they be euthanized than sitting in cages cause ppl can't afford them.
If someone can't afford the adoption fee, how can they afford to properly take care of a pet? I spend more money taking my animals in for a routine visit to the vet than any adoption fee. The fee is there for a couple of reasons. I agree I hate to see an animal put down for simply no one wanting them but to adopt them out to anyone under the sun is not a good idea either. I've seen more than a few animals suffer because someone couldn't properly take care of them financially.

Ivel, KY

#11 Sep 19, 2012
Why is it when its dogs or cats we think its better to kill it than let it suffer but when it comes to people its wrong. I see no difference.almost every teenage girl you see in Harlan is pregnant.population is whats hurting this country.something has to be done and I say put a law out that says its illegal to have more than two kids.illegal to have a kid under 18 or not married. Sterilize all that break them laws and enforce them strickly.this planet is dying from over population.I know god said be fruitful and multiply but he didn't mean fu$k anything walking.

Versailles, KY

#12 Sep 19, 2012
We went there one time to adopt a dog. We paid our fees and even signed the paperwork. The dog had just been picked up so they had a 72 hour hold on it to make sure the owner didn't come back to claim it. So 3 days went by no one claimed the dog. We went to pick it up and guess what?.... Our great Judge Executive decided he was going to promise it to someone else and we didn't get it. I would never, ever attempt to adopt another pet from the Harlan County Animal Shelter. I thought that was very dirty and political and will not be back.

Manchester, KY

#14 Sep 21, 2012
I hear that Jessica Logan girl who volunteers there steals dogs and takes them to the shelter. Is this true?

Winchester, KY

#15 Sep 22, 2012
i think that all the animals should be free so they could get good homes an not get killed because they have feelings just like we do they feel pain i think that they should all have a chance just like we do.

Harlan, KY

#16 Sep 22, 2012
Jessica logandows bur ahe alaosteals dog feom the shealtwe and takes them homw it badoqn there

East Bernstadt, KY

#17 Sep 22, 2012
they probably steal them and try to resale them. I myself am a pitbull lover. Of course people down them because they dont know anything about them except for what they see on the news. Ignorance. They animal shelter is a job on their site they have stuff listed and its not even what it says it is.

Harlan, KY

#18 Sep 24, 2012
Firs off, I'm not the world's biggest fan of our shelter.
That being said, it seems a lot of people have a big misconception about why the adoption fee is so high.

The shelter does not completely choose the price, the vet does. The shelter does need to make a little money because they have animals to feed and care for, but the vet is the one who sets the bar for the medical work. The fee includes vaccinations and altering, and believe it or not, it's a better deal than going to the vet outright. Vets need to make money too, but ours is a money hog, so take it up with him.

Next, I do feel the shelter could do better than they do. I've noticed they've extended their hours, and that's good. More people can get in, but they need to do more for the animals than what they do.
YWAC in Tennessee has adopted out almost 1000 animals in less than 2 months. Why? Because they're out there. They host adoption events, and fundraisers, they're active on facebook and are always recruiting volunteers and donations.
Our shelter needs to get out there more. They need to be active online, such as facebook. There's a lot of people there and it's a good, easy way to stay active and in the public eye. They need to host adoption events and fundrasiers, more than just showing up at the poke sallet once a year for a few hours. Set up a pack walk, have a little contest, take out a few animals to show off, to be adopted, to be ambassadors for the rest in the shelter. Ask for volunteers, do the shelter walk more often. Those dogs need out of those cages more than just once or twice in their stay.
They do not try as hard as they could. That's their problem.

Jonesville, VA

#19 Sep 24, 2012
They could have pet contest, sell t-shirts,and ask other animal leagues how to get organized and get donationations. There are hardly any dogs in the shelter over here and the only cats you see are a few at the dump.

Jonesville, VA

#20 Sep 24, 2012
Pet pictures would be a good thing with owner,season themed, Santa Clause.

Jonesville, VA

#21 Sep 24, 2012
Maybe also they could get the local news to feature a pet/pets of the week on a newscast each week. I know our animal league here fosters and puts them online and sends them up north to be adopted. There has been people who even fly in to adopt dogs. I think if they care and want things to be better they'll have to put alot of work in it and ask for help.

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