Man's Estate Donates to Every KY Animal Shelter

By Associated Press | 

A mild-mannered western Kentucky farmer who never turned away a stray cat has left a portion of his estate to every county-run animal shelter in the state.

County officials around Kentucky received checks earlier this month from a man they never met. Muhlenberg County dairy farmer Bland Hardison made sure that all of Kentucky's 120 counties receive a check for $1,432.47.

The money is meant for animal shelters or animal control programs if the county doesn't have a facility.

His widow, Jonell Hardison, says her husband loved the animals on his farm, even the stray cats that wandered on to the property.

In total, Hardison set aside nearly $1 million in donations to various charities in his estate, which took several years to settle.

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