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Ohio County Shelter being sued for animal cruelty

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A lawsuit has been filed against several groups in Ohio County claiming they are breaking laws against animal cruelty.

The lawsuit says animals have not been getting enough medical care.

The Ohio County Shelter has used inappropriate methods to put the animals down.

The plaintiff says she wants the shelter to follow the laws.

Debbie McDaniel says she loves animals so much that she and three friends started the Bluegrass Humane Society of Kentucky six months ago.

"We saw the need in our county and surrounding areas of animals that are homeless of pet owners that need help," she told 14 News.

Several months ago, she filed a lawsuit against Ohio County.

The lawsuit says Ohio County violated the Kentucky Humane Shelter Law and the County Animal Control Ordinance.

"We decided that we would go ahead and file a Writ of Mandamus to force the county to comply with the law and make things more humane for the animals that are in the shelter today," says Cathryn Callahan.

The lawsuit says holding areas for the animals are not cleaned properly, which can threaten the safety and health of the animals.

The lawsuit also says animals do not get adequate veterinary care.

"We know that there are issues right now with the shelter because they had an outbreak of feline distemper and is creating a lot of problems," Callahan said. 'We are hoping we can address those outside of the lawsuit."

McDaniel says she wants the county to follow the laws to protect the welfare of the animals at the shelter and develop better relationships with rescues and volunteers to get the animals adopted.

"We want to see the betterment of the shelter and all the animals that come in our doors," she said.

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