From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 1995:
A November 9 CNN expose of dog shooting at the Bullitt County Animal
Shelter in Sheperdsville, Kentucky, and a print edition simultaneously distributed by
Associated Press raised outrage almost everywhere but in rural Kentucky and adjacent
states, where dogs are shot every day, and modern shelters don’t exist. Thirtyfive
of the 120 counties in Kentucky and 20 of the 95 counties in Tennessee have no
animal shelter of any kind.
Explained Vicky Crosetti, executive director of the Knox County Humane
Society in Knoxville, Tennessee, “Most parts of those counties aren’t wired for
cable––people there didn’t even see the broadcast.”
“In one segment,” said America Online Pethost3, an animal control officer
by profession, “the man just kept grabbing puppies and shooting them. These were
not feral, sickly, nasty animals––they were very adoptable.”
“You can kill 50 dogs for a dollar,” said Bullitt County judge/executive
John Harper, compared with lethal injection costs of $4.42 per dog.