Animal Welfare Problems In WV.
Source: author Susan Hunter.
Documentation of the extent of the animal welfare problems in West Virginia is difficult to obtain because many counties do not keep records of the number of animals picked up or what is done with them.' Although every county is required to have a Humane Officer, that person is designated by the county sheriff, and may have neither the training nor adequate facilities for that position. Two counties do not have a Humane Officer, so animals run loose until someone picks them up or kills them. At least 19 counties have no facility at all, so they routinely euthanize almost every animal picked up by their animal control officer (sometimes by shooting); one county uses an abandoned chicken coop to house up to four animals at a time; and most have only limited facilities.
Go to the above website and read it all. Very, very interesting stuff.