Tracy Moser of the Logan County Humane Society, approached magistrates at the Tuesday, Nov. 10, fiscal court meeting asking them to support purchasing property to move the county’s shelter. According to Moser, who has been directing the society the past six months, the shelter is in bad shape and a new one needs to be built.
Moser introduced Kathryn Callahan, state director for the Humane Society of the United States, who spoke about shelter standards for the state of Kentucky. Callahan said Logan County’s shelter had many problems that needed to be addressed, one being the building that houses the animals. According to Callahan, it is not up to standard, and without changes, it opens the county up for a lawsuit if not corrected.
Moser has a 10-year plan that includes buying property, building an adoption center, spay and neuter clinic, education and community center, consignment store, event pavilion, public dog park and nature trails. The project would be completed in phases, said Moser who would like to see some of it being paid for by the county, and some through fundraising from the humane society.
“I am not interested in running a dog pound,” said Moser to the court. “I am interested in running a humane society.”
Moser also stated she has been “putting lipstick on a pig” when magistrate Dickie Carter told her the shelter was looking better.
Moser said she did not want to waste her time or society money on land if the court was not in favor of moving the shelter. She has located 12 acres off Hwy. 68, right outside of Russellville going towards Bowling Green. She would like the county to purchase it.
Magistrates Jack Crossley and Carter were in strong opposition to making any decisions on buying land at this time until several more questions were answered.
“There are too many unanswered questions for me,” said Crossley. “We can’t give you an open checkbook for $250,000.”
Carter said he would not spend that kind of money a project unless it was on the people of Logan County.
“I love animals, but we have senior citizens, youth and actual human beings that need help in this county,” he said. “I am not going to spend money on property we already have.”
Moser asked Carter what he wanted to do to become compliant.
“You can tear down that building and you can put a couple of tanks in,” said Carter. “We need to have a decent place for the animals I know, but I haven’t found one person who wants to spend $375,000 on a new shelter.”
Moser mentioned at Tuesday’s meeting an online survey she had offered to the pubic to see if there was support of building a new shelter. According to Moser, she received 337 positive responses, with eight negative.
County attorney Joe Ross advised the court not to make any decisions on purchasing property unless they had an appraisal in hand. Although time is running out on the deal offered Moser on the parcel of land she has found, magistrates said they have rules to follow and would not make any decisions unless they had what was required by law.
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