The Kentucky Legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would significantly improve the conditions of the state’s animal shelters.
House Bill 277 (HB 277) would institute pivotal changes in the way shelters are run, including reducing the slaughter of innocent orphaned animals.
The legislation would also change the name of the state board in charge of animal shelters from the colder “Animal Control Advisory Board” to the gentler “Animal Care Advisory Board."
The Advisory Board will also gain more control over how animals are treated in the state’s shelters. Currently, Kentucky’s Humane Shelter Law lacks an enforcement provision, organizations such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)—a supporter of the bill— are forced to take matters through the judicial system.
Although March 22nd was the final day for legislative action this year, you can always make a difference in the lives of innocent animals—even if you can’t take them home with you. It is never too late to contact your legislators and urge them to support HB 277.