Boyle County is lucky to have a good working relationship between its county government and humane society.
Many counties have little or no cooperation between the government, which is responsible for animal control, and the humane society, which generally takes on the tasks of caring for unwanted pets and encouraging adoption. The government officials see the humane society as a bunch of wild-eyed animal nuts while the humane society members view the county officials as unfeeling cads.
Here in Boyle County, our humane society got off to a great start because of a dedicated group of people headed by Charlotte Bateman. Mrs. Bateman combined a commitment to the welfare of dogs and cats with an uncanny ability to convince others to share and contribute to her vision of a better future for unwanted pets. Under her leadership, this county's method of coping with unwanted dogs evolved from a ramshackle, unheated "pound" to an attractive building with a place to house cats and a heated kennel for dogs. Both the city and county governments contributed to the effort which resulted in current animal shelter back in 1978.