TAYLOR COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Taylor County animal shelter will no longer be a place to adopt pets after a unanimous decision earlier this week. It is a decision that has left many animal rights groups upset.
The animal shelter will soon be closed to the public and will be considered a holding shelter where animals will be kept only until they are transferred out to other counties.
Executive Judge Eddie Rogers sponsored the change. He says the holding shelter will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, however advocates with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals calls the decision a ploy to conceal shelter records.
According to Harry Reif, president of SPCA, open record requests have shown improper shelter practices including missing dogs.
Rogers says the number of open record requests have been both a financial and timely burden on the county, but denies any missing animals or mistreatment of animals.
This decision comes after the animal shelter opened a new building less than two months ago with a $150,000 grant.
In 45 days, animals will not be available to adopt, which ends the county’s contracts to house stray animals from LaRue, Green, Russell and Casey counties. The county has yet to reach an agreement to begin a contract with another county to house Taylor County’s stray animals.
This upcoming Tuesday an adoption event will take place at the shelter to help adopt out animals.