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Animal shelter employee charged with violating law on euthanasia


An employee of the McCracken County Humane Society has been charged with nine counts of violating state law on euthanasia.

Beau E. Anderson, 32, of McCracken County was charged Thursday with nine counts of violating the state statute by way of a criminal summons, in connection with nine dogs that were euthanized earlier this month.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office says deputies received a complaint that Anderson, an employee of the  Humane Society who is a state certified animal euthanasia specialist, had been violating state law by not adhering to Section 5C of the Kentucky Administrative Regulation that requires: "Intercardial injection by hypodermic needle, only on a sedated or unconscious animal." 

The complaint was that animals were being euthanized without sedation. After an investigation by the sheriff's department, deputies say Anderson was not following or adhering to the law when euthanizing animals, and that it was a common practice.

He has a court date of December 1 at 9 a.m. in McCracken District Court. 

Deputies say the penalty for these violations include being guilty of a misdemeanor and being fined not less than $10 nor more than $500, or sentenced to jail for not less 10 nor more than 90 days, or both so fined and imprisoned at the discretion of the jury.

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