How a Delegate from Allegany County got framed

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Kevin Kelly is a Delegate for District 1B (Allegany County) in Maryland. Below you will see a e-mail which Delegate Kevin Kelly wrote to several people, including County Commissioners of Allegany County, Times News (local news paper), HSUS and several others. His e-mail is about a “complaint” he received from a woman that volunteered twice at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. The complaint was that the shelter is housing cats in dog crates. She also complained that the quarantine room for the cats did not have it’s own AC and that she had donated window AC’s that were not used. She also brought up complaints about things that clearly happened long before the new shelter manager, Karl Brubaker, started his journey with the Allegany County Animal Shelter. It was at a time when the volunteers of the No Kill movement entered the shelter in order to care for the animals and keep people that wanted to kill the animals from doing so. One has to wonder who was feeding her this very old information? I think everybody familiar with the development of the Allegany County Animal Shelter knows from where the information is coming and why.  Unfortunately good old Delegate Kevin Kelly blindly believed everything and got framed.

So, let’s take a closer look to the “complaints”

Cats in crates:

Yes, there are cats housed in crates. Currently it is kitty season and the shelter is taking in between 20 and 30 cats every week. Sometimes the cats are housed temporary in crates until a regular housing in the shelter becomes available.

The AC in the quarantine room:

The average temperature in the quarantine room is about 70 degree. Since this is a quarantine room,  the temperature should not be much lower than this. However, the shelter manager did already put in a request by the maintenance crew of the County regarding setting up the AC. Unfortunately this is not a very easy task since work has to be done to the structure of the building. The existing windows  do not allow a installation of a AC as it was provided by donation.

I would like to believe that Delegate Kevin Kelly is a animal lover but I do have to wonder about his naive approach without even contacting the shelter management to find out if all the allegations are even true? Where was Kevin Kelly when the Allegany County Animal Shelter killed almost 90% of it’s animals prior to November 2010? Did he try to change anything back then? No, of course not.

Where was Kevin Kelly in April of this year when the MD Court of Appeals ruled that all Pit Bulls in Maryland are inherently dangerous? I’m still waiting for him to answer my request  for assistance in this matter which I send to him back in April.

This only leaves me with the conclusion that Kevin Kelly either got framed and used by some people with the “kill ’em all” agenda or is trying with a cheap shot to get some votes.

Killing is the ultimate form of violence. While cruelty and suffering are abhorrent, while cruelty and suffering are painful, while cruelty and suffering should be condemned and rooted out, there is nothing worse than death, because death is final. An animal subjected to pain and suffering can be rescued. An animal subjected to savage cruelty can even become a therapy dog, bringing comfort to cancer patients, as the dog fighting case against football player Michael Vick shows. There is still hope, but death is hope’s total antithesis. It is the eclipse of hope because the animals never wake up, ever. It is the worst of the worst—a fact each and every one of us would recognize if we were the ones being threatened with death. — Nathan Winograd

From: Kevin Kelly []
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2012 9:41 AM
Subject: Inhumane Conditions at the Animal Shelter
Importance: High

Dear Commissioners McKay, Brodie, Valentine and Chief DeVore:


I fully appreciate the Allegany County Animal Shelter is a County operation over which I, as a State Legislator, do not possess authority or jurisdiction.  Nevertheless, the issues set forth in Ms. Harvey’s email must be immediately rectified.  I have known Pat Harvey for many years and maintain her in the highest esteem.  The Shelter conditions referenced in Pat’s email are unacceptable, heart breaking and inhumane.  Once again, I realize the Shelter is a County and NOT a State operation, however, when presented with Ms. Harvey’s communication I cannot permit such animal cruelty to continue without comment.  PLEASE have the air conditioners immediately installed.  I’m sure Rich Carder, Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local # 307, can immediately provide to you “volunteer” Electricians.  Approximately, 7 years ago I adopted two adorable, precious female kittens from the Animal Shelter.  I’m proud to say those two cats are happy, healthy, well cared for and very much loved.  I love animals, I am very protective of animals and I cannot abide the inhumane treatment of these poor, defenseless creatures.  As such, on behalf of my Allegany County Constituency, I implore you to immediately rectify the issues set forth in Ms. Harvey’s email.  Finally, Ms. Harvey can be contacted at her email address of


Thank you,




Kevin Kelly, Delegate Allegany County


Cumberland Times-News

July 15, 2012

County responds to allegations of ‘inhumane treatment’ at animal shelter

• Emergency services chief: Given the amount of cats and dogs, ‘we do the absolute best we can for them until we can move them on to bigger and better things’

Michael A. Sawyers
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — People — some are volunteers — who enter the Allegany County Animal Shelter for the first time are often shocked because they have the expectation that dogs and cats can be treated there the way they are treated in someone’s home, explained Dick DeVore, Allegany County’s emergency services director.

DeVore on Friday was responding to criticism of the shelter from a volunteer who had contacted Delegate Kevin Kelly.

In an email to Kelly that the delegate shared with the Times-News, the volunteer said a room that holds sick dogs and cats is not air-conditioned in spite of the fact that three units had been donated.

The volunteer also expressed concern that many cats in what is called the Purple Room are kept in cages and carriers for extended periods.

Writing about the Purple Room, the volunteer said, “The last kitty I took care of in that room was living in a carrier on the bottom level on the floor. When I opened the carrier and lifted her out, once again I just cried. Her food and water bowls were filthy and her blanket was soaked and smelled of urine terribly.”

As a state legislator, Kelly recognized his lack of jurisdiction in a county matter, but passed the email on to the county commissioners.

“I am very protective of animals and I cannot abide the inhumane treatment of these poor, defenseless creatures,” Kelly wrote.

“We have 160 cats and 60 dogs right now,” DeVore said Friday. “We are at the peak of kitten season. It’s breeding season for cats. This is the same situation we were in last summer.

“A shelter is a place of last resort,” DeVore said. “I have my own dogs and cats. Do I treat them the way dogs and cats are treated in a shelter? No, but (at the shelter) we do the absolute best we can for them until we can move them on to bigger and better things.”

DeVore said the sick room will be air-conditioned, but it isn’t a matter of simply putting an air conditioner in a window.

“We have to knock louvers out of a cinder block wall to place the air conditioners and there has to be electrical work done,” he said. “Although the sick room needs to be warmer because of the condition of the animals, a door to an air-conditioned room can be opened so some cooler air enters if needed.”

The building’s central air-conditioning system does not include the sick room out of concern for spreading disease, according to DeVore.

DeVore said each animal is provided daily with enough food to meet its dietary needs. “Water dishes are checked throughout the day and, if they are empty, water is added,” he said.

DeVore said that two years ago the shelter was able to save only 15 percent of the animals it housed.

“Then last year that rate jumped to 93 percent and this year we have euthanized only 20 animals,” he said.

“We appreciate all of our volunteers. Some people who come to the shelter for the first time say they could never return because it is too heartbreaking,” DeVore said.

“That’s the heartbreak our volunteers deal with every day, but when we have animals adopted it is all worthwhile. A shelter is a temporary place for dogs and cats, nothing more.”

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at


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