PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) -- Necropsies have found that five dogs died of heat stroke at a western Kentucky animal shelter.
The animals were found by an employee at the McCracken County animal shelter Monday morning upon arriving at the facility.
The carcasses were taken to the Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville, which performed the necropsies.
Shelter Director Ryan Brown told The Paducah Sun that the animals were housed in separate pens in an outbuilding for dogs that are quarantined. He said the building has an air conditioner, a misting fan and three large fans.
Brown said the dogs were being kept in the outbuilding because the shelter is overcrowded.
Brown says the shelter will begin bringing quarantined dogs inside the main building overnight to help remedy the situation.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)