Logan County Humane Society asking for help as they care for dogs from mill
LOGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - The Logan County Humane Society of Kentucky is asking for help as they continue to care for dogs from a mill found in the county.
After receiving numerous tips, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at a residence on Milton Sharpe Road regarding animal neglect. The residence belongs to Perry Shifflet, who is currently being accused.
Once there, officers found a puppy mill where approximately 100 dogs and puppies were being kept in poor conditions, including cages stacked on top of one and other and little food. Officers are assessing the dog’s level of mistreatment and injury. Based on the findings, officers will present the criminal charges to the Logan County Attorney’s Office.
This is still an ongoing investigation.
According to social media posts, the dogs are all currently safe at the shelter but supplies are needed to help care for the more than 100 dogs.
“These first few days, this first week is going to be crucial for us for record keeping and organizing all the animals here. I mean, it’s big enough on a day where we get 10 intakes in,” said Logan County Humane Society Director, Ray Wilson. “Now times that by 10. Obviously, it’s going to take a lot of manpower, more than we can provide with our staff.”
Wilson said the mill was found after animal control stumbled upon it.
“Basically, there was a search warrant that was executed. And once we got on scene there were all these animals here,” Wilson said. “A lot of them we suspect hadn’t seen the light of day. So we knew that we had to act quickly and get them out of there.”
It has been over 10 years since the last puppy mill rescue in Logan County, where over 400 animals were rescued from a mill on an 82 acre property.
“You can’t predict the future, there’s always something else out there. But I don’t want there to be more situations like this, obviously,” said Wilson.
Limited on staff and resources, the shelter has reached out to the community for help.
“We need hands obviously. So that’s one way that the public can help out,” said Wilson. “I mean just an hour of your time does so much for us, especially with all the animals we have here on top of the animals that were brought in.”
Wilson said monetary donations will also be helpful in covering the various expenses of the dogs.
“Monetary donations go a long way for those vet bills. Just for the animals that came in, we’re looking at about $15,000 - $20,000 that we’re going to have to use for the vet to be able to see them, diagnose what’s going on with them.”
Wilson said that, while the situation has been stressful, the shelter is working together to get everything done.
“It’s obviously a very emotional situation, something that weighs heavy on every single person here. If it didn’t, then we wouldn’t be here. But it’s one of those things where we share the stress, and it makes it a little bit easier on everybody.”
The shelter has specified they would prefer monetary donations be sent via their Paypal, to ensure funds are received as soon as possible. Wilson said the shelter will also be accepting supply donations.
Items needed include:
- disposable puppy pads
- dry and canned puppy food
- dog shampoo
- flea and tick products that are not over the counter.
- wire crates
- plastic food and water dishes
- nail clippers
- collars and slip leashes
Items can be delivered to the shelter at 1230 Morgantown Road in Russellville.
For more information about donating and becoming a foster home, visit here.
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