The McCreary County Record


December 3, 2013

Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter destroyed in blaze

Local animal control scrambling for alternative

WHITLEY CITY —  The extended holiday weekend was dampened by news that the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter was destroyed by fire Friday night.

    Devastating in that it killed some 30 cats, a dog and guinea pig; the fire has also left McCreary County Animal Control searching for a way to continue service while the Woodbine shelter sets up a temporary facility.

    For nearly six years, the county has contracted with the agency — which serves four counties — at $30,000 per year to house animals (primarily dogs and cats) picked up by Animal Control Officer Milford Creekmore II.

    McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens said Monday that shelter director Deanna Myers has asked that the county hold off for the next week or so, although emergency cases (vicious or sick animals) can still be accepted.

    “They are looking for a warehouse which can be renovated instead of building from scratch,” Stephens said. “It’s a really sad situation, and it takes a little bit of working together to get through.”

    Stephens said his office was advised that the Pulaski County shelter and local Animal Protectin League are both at capacity but officials are working to find an alternative.

    Deputy Judge Andrew Powell said yesterday that he has contacted the Kentucky Animal Control Association about the possibility of establishing a temporary hold locally.

    Powell noted that it is not financially feasible to build a local shelter in keeping with required regulations and praised the Knox-Whitley staff for its operation.

    The fire was discovered around 9:45 p.m. when the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to investigate a burglar alarm activated on one of the windows.

    Detective John Hill told WATE-TV that he called the fire department when he arrived to find smoke coming out of the roof. The Corbin Times Tribune reports that firefighters had to break through a locked gate to get to the cement building.

    The crew first set about freeing the dogs (to be rounded up later), which were penned in cages arranged like a horse-shoe with doors along the outside of the building. They then went inside for the cats housed in the center of the facility but were only able to save three before the trussed roof collapsed, according to shelter volunteer Theresa Martin.

    Some 50 firefighters from five departments were on scene until around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police but foul play is not suspected.

    The animals — including 20 dogs — that were rescued have been sent to organizations including the Lexington Humane Society and Chicago-based Wagging Hearts Rescue.

    Shelter officials are seeking a temporary building with water and electricity in order to house strays (not owner-relinquished pets) for the next 3-6 months.

    The shelter is also accepting donations to rebuild. For more information, visit their official Facebook page by searching Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter.

    In the meantime, local citizens with emergency cases or even potential kennel space are urged to call the Judge’s Office at 376-2413 as well as the traditional Animal Control number, 354-DOGS.

Text Only

Little brother Kyler, 2, helps 4-year-old Kyndal Patrick model the T-shirts now being sold to give back for the support she received during her recent hospitalization.

Local News
  • Bravery

     PINE KNOT — Kyndal Patrick appears to be like any other little girl on the verge of turning five.
        She’s talkative, full of energy and obsessed with the Disney movie Frozen.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • PRIMARY PROFILES: Judge-Executive

    This week, the McCreary County Record is featuring survey responses from all six candidates running for McCreary County Judge-Executive.
        Due to its length, the survey will be published as two halves, with the

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Payroll tax bounces back in 3rd quarter

    WHITLEY CITY — McCreary County’s one-percent occupational tax garnered $341,533.21 in the third quarter of the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the latest figures released by the Judge-Executive’s Office.

    April 16, 2014

  • Fiscal Court approves road revisions

     WHITLEY CITY — Friday night’s McCreary County Fiscal Court meeting was rather brief but nevertheless covered several departmental issues.
        Topping that list was the approval of a county road list first accepted in

    April 9, 2014

  • PRIMARY PROFILES: McCreary Co. Sheriff

    This week The McCreary County Record is featuring all six candidates in the race for Sheriff. Survey responses, edited slightly for space, are printed in order of receipt.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

Local Sports
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide