Sunday, September 30, 2012

ASPCA Proposal On Hold

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...ASPCA official Cindy May Johnson says the Applachian Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offered in July to take over the Pike County Animal Shelter. In May, Pike County Attorney Roland Case said several county administrators, dating back to Karen Gibson, have asked the Pike County Humane Society to take over the shelter. Friday, Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive John Doug Hayes said the offer has been placed on hold. Hayes has issued a letter to all local animal welfare organizations suggesting members for a shelter advisory board, including officials from each city in Pike County, along with public health officials and representatives of the welfare organizations. Hayes and Johnson met Thursday to dicuss the proposal. Johnson says the ASPCA expected a quicker response, and the letter seems to be a slowing down of the process. Johnson says, when it takes so long to get things done, animals continue to suffer needlessly. Hayes says he's concerned that, even with the ASPCA takeover, the county would still be responsible for the shelter.