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Bullitt Fiscal Court votes to keep indefinite suspension of Animal Shelter Director

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After video surfaced of allegedly racist and sexist comments, the Bullitt County Fiscal Court wants to do its own investigation into the suspended Animal Shelter Director.

It was a packed meeting at Bullitt Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning as just about every seat was taken. One of the main topics was Jimmy Miller, the suspended Animal Control Officer and Shelter Director.

Bullitt Fiscal Court Magistrates left for Executive Session to go behind closed doors and discuss Miller. This comes after an employee recorded him saying making a remark to another employee about the Bullitt County Jailer, Martha Knox.

Miller: "I thought I've seen [expletive] Knox's car up Mt. Washington riding around with no sign on it."

"Again, the racial comment was the most compelling item, but there are numerous other issues that affect not only Mr. Miller, but other employees as well and that's why Fiscal Court needs to do a complete investigation of all the employees," John Wooldridge, the Bullitt County Attorney said.

"Right now, it's a he said, she said," Joe Rayhill, the 4th District Magistrate, said. "We're going to do a great investigation. We're just as honest and we're going to make whatever is right, right. That's all I know right now. I haven't seen any tapes. You hear a lot of allegations."

A handful of people, including volunteers and animal rescue groups, made claims about the conditions and treatment at the shelter. In the meantime, the Fiscal Court appointed employee Tommy Samuels as the interim director. 

"I saw dogs being hosed down instead of taking them and moving them into another kennel to hose and clean the kennels. I saw dogs with no beds, no food," volunteer Sharon Knight said.

"Fiscal Court and myself apologize for the citizens of Bullitt County," Woolridge said. "If, in fact, any of these allegations are sustainable, they will take action properly and promptly. We're going to straighten this situation out. We'll put the appropriate people in the shelter to run it like it should be run."

An animal shelter employee tells WDRB News that, right now, there are no euthanizations at the shelter because Miller was the only one certified to do that. The employee says animals are being given to rescue groups.

"All I want to do is for your to take this opportunity to not let Mr. Miller come back and retain his position as Animal Control Officer, the Director. I'm not asking for you to do it for me. I'm not asking for you to do this for anyone else. I'm asking you to do this for the county for its image and for the animals," Kathy Rice, with Hope for Pets, said.

Fiscal Court says it must make a decision about Miller within 30 business days from last Friday. That's when Miller was suspended.


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