Kentucky sheriff closes down the office for lack of funding.

“Lock your doors, load your guns and get a biting, barking dog.”

That’s what a Kentucky sheriff posted on his personal Facebook page after he suspended all law enforcement activities because of a lack of funding.

Martin County Sheriff John Kirk said his office is still owed a $75,000 payment due in January. A large part of the problem is a sharp decline in coal severance taxes hitting Eastern Kentucky. Local government economic assistance fund money to coal-producing counties has dropped by 80 percent since fiscal year 2012.

Read his Facebook post here:

 
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