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Campbell County Animal Shelter Seeks to Reduce Number of Euthanizations

On Tuesday night, the Campbell County Animal Shelter took another step towards drastically reducing euthanasia in its animal shelter.

At the Campbell County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday, the operations manual for the animal shelter was amended to apply new best practices, which include an increase in the number of animals that are spayed and neutered. The shelter will also participate in a community cat diversion program, which is intended to decrease the number of cats in the community.

The Joanie Bernard Foundation will award a $500,000 grant to the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, a move that was dependent upon Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties updating their ordinances related to animal shelters. $114,000 would be designated for Campbell County to assist the application of those changes. NKADD is a fellow of Target Zero, a charitable initiative mentoring open admission shelters nationwide through fellowships.

"The goal is to not euthanize unless we believe they will be a harm to someone or if they are ill or injured to the point that we can’t fix it,” said Lisa Krummen, assistant director of the Campbell County Animal Shelter.

Four years ago, Boone County enacted many of the changes approved by the Campbell County Fiscal Court on Tuesday. Director Becky Reiter, who was on hand for the meeting, said the Boone County shelter increased its live-release rate from 48 percent in 2012 to 85 percent this year.

“The old mentality was to warehouse and euthanize. That’s just the way it was. But our communities have proven, through donations and adoption, that that’s not what they want from us,” said Reiter.

The fiscal court also voted unanimously to install a flashing stop sign at the three-way intersection on the corner of Keating Drive and Ripple Creek Road in Cold Spring. The flashing sign will prohibit drivers from parking within 30 feet of the three-way stop. Several residents of Keating Drive attended the meeting Tuesday night to voice concerns about unsafe driving conditions created by cluttered parking near the intersection.

The Campbell County Fiscal Court will meet again on September 21 at the Newport City Building. The meeting will begin at 5:30.

Written by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor