Darren Doyle, story and photo
During the Monday, June 22nd Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Wil Cannon expressed his disappointment in a recent article on the Edmonson County Animal Shelter published by The Daily News in Bowling Green. You can read the article by clicking here, and Cannon said the photos were taken from odd angles and his quotes were taken out of context.
"They've got a picture of one animal here that looks like its starving to death," Cannon said. "They should at least ask the question to the Carrolls (the shelter owner/operators) When did you pick this animal up?"
Cannon said other photos of kittens with "goo in their eyes" were published. "They (Daily News) didn't ask the question of how long the kittens had been there, if they had, they'd know that the kittens were dumped there the night before. If they want to be fair, they should have asked those questions," he said.
"If they want to put pictures of three-day old dog waste on there, that's fine, that was true and accurate, but the rest of the story is just painting the picture that they wanted people to see."
Judge Cannon said that some of the published information was just flat out wrong.
"One place in the article, they claimed that dogs in an outdoor kennel didn't have food or water. Well, I went over there, right behind those reporters that came in my office and said there was a cage up there that was dirty and didn't have food or water, so I drove straight up there," said Cannon. "I looked at that same cage and there was water in the bucket...it wasn't full, but if they'd bothered to look over into the bucket, they'd have seen water. And if they knew what they were looking for, they'd have known that the dogs had been fed, because dogs don't do what those dogs were doing (waste) without being fed."
Cannon said that the Carrolls are feeding and watering the dogs every day, and felt that the article misrepresented what the shelter does on a regular basis. "There were some cages that weren't clean," he said, "and there's really no excuse for it, but the shelter got caught this one time." One time, he says, that's not the norm.
He held up a copy of the paper in his hand for the magistrates to see. "It's not entirely accurate, and I wanted you all to know that," he said as he tossed the paper aside.
Cannon urged the magistrates and others in attendance to visit the shelter and see for themselves. "What I think you'll find is that the cages are normally kept clean, and that this is an unusual occasion."