FALLSBURG, KY. — On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Lawrence County Animal Control was dispatched by 911 for a vicious dog call from 3 weeks ago. Upon arriving to the scene at 3D Road in Fallsburg, Jimmy Cantrell, Lawrence County Animal Control Officer shot two dogs killing one and injuring the other.
Blackie the surviving dog was transported to Tri-County Animal Clinic by a good samaritan where the vets were able to save his life, but not his eye or some of his teeth that were damaged by the bullet to the head.
Cantrell who had animal traps with him did not try that or any other course of action which could have prevented this from happening.
This is what Karen Salvaterra of Lawrence County Humane Society posted on her Facebook page:
“Last night animal control in Lawrence County KY went on a so called ”vicious” dog call where he made the decision to shoot both dogs ending one’s life and injuring the other with a shot to the head an then leaving it for dead (this man does NOT work for the Humane Society, he is contracted by the county).”
“Lawrence County Humane Society received a call this AM from a concerned citizen and thanks to Carlie Bowen for kicking into action and taking the injured dog to Tri-County where he will lose an eye as well as teeth that are damaged…Does this dog look ”vicious” to you? Scared maybe but absolutely NOT vicious!!! There are ways to handle capturing these types of animals and a bullet to the head is NOT one of them!!!Treating animals in such inhumane ways has GOT TO STOP. Contact whoever you think you need to in order to address this issue!!
We are needing the public’s help for the dog ”Blackie” he needs his surgery!!If you can donate even $1.00 it all adds up, please call Tri County Animal at 606-673-1144 and apply toward ”Blackie the gunshot dog” or you can PayPal email@example.com or mail checks to P.O Box 1331 Louisa, KY 41230….As always we appreciate all help given.”
Update on Blackie:
“Blackie is safe he had to be taken from Tri County in order not to be euthanized by animal control who went there to make them put him down, as of right now we will not be releasing his location. Please hold off donating at this point. Will update as soon as I can. THIS DOG HAS BEEN ORDERED TO BE EUTHANIZED BY ANIMAL CONTROL::::: PLEASE PEOPLE HELP SAVE HIM CONTACT EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!!!!!…”
Judge Executive’s office releases statement about the incident:
In regard to LAWRENCE COUNTY DOG WARDEN
“On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Jimmy Cantrell, in the capacity as the Lawrence County Dog Warden, responded to a 911 call on 3D Road in Fallsburg regarding a complaint of a vicious dog.
Upon arrival, Mr. Cantrell had an encounter with the dog and made several attempts to apprehend the dog to no avail. Mr. Cantrell tranquilized the dog but still felt threatened and subsequently discharged his firearm at the dog. The gunshot wound injured dog but did not result in its death.
A thorough investigation was completed by the Lawrence County Judge Executive’s Office. And as a result of this incident, Mr. Cantrell has resigned as the Lawrence County Dog Warden effective immediately. County Judge Executive Phillip Carter has accepted Mr. Cantrell’s resignation and as a result, the county will be replacing Mr. Cantrell’s as dog warden sometime in the near future.
Further, the county would like to take this opportunity to tell the citizens of Lawrence County that we take all matters, such as this and many others, very seriously and have a policy of investigating all matters and concerns on behalf of all Lawrence Countians.”
Ordinance dealing with animal control
Lawrence County Ordinance Relating to Animals; All animals shall be properly tagged, untagged animals or animals at large may be taken by the Sheriff, the county dog warden, or the humane society and impounded in an animal shelter. Animals not claimed by their owners within 7 days shall be eligible for adoption or may be destroyed. The Lawrence County Humane Society, as agent for Lawrence County, Kentucky; shall sell the tags at their facility and retain all revenue to operate the center. If an animal is found at large and its owner can be identified and located, such animal need not be impounded but may, instead, be taken to the owner. In such case, the Sheriff, dog warden or other officer may proceed against the owner for violation of this ordinance. Whenever a dog or cat bites a person, the owner of said animal shall immediately notify the Sheriff or county dog warren who shall order the animal held on the owner’s premises or shall have it impounded for a period of two weeks.
Ordinance was not followed by Cantrell
This was not the case for these two dogs who were reported almost 3 weeks ago. The owners of the dogs were elderly couples who paid Jimmy Cantrell to tranquilize their dogs — not shoot them, Humane Society spokesperson Karen Landis Salvaterra said.
Cantrell after shooting and killing one dog shot at Blackie 4 times striking him once and the dog fled to a neighbor’s home where they hid him from the warden and immediately got help for Blackie who came out from hiding without being “vicious” even after being wounded.
The owners of the dogs are outraged by his actions along with many citizens.
Cantrell could not be reached for comment after repeated tries.