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Kay Simpson - Warm Heart in Arkansas

[Arkansas Democrat Gazette]

"How can you do this ?" animal lovers ask Kay Simpson, abuse investigator and director of the Humane Society of Pulaski County. As in how can she bear to regularly witness the results of human indifference or outright cruelty to animals. As in how can she function rationally when faced with a horse with a bleeding stump in place of one foot and a mule whose hooves were ground down almost 2 inches after it was dragged more than 1, 000 feet behind a truck by its owner.

"People say, 'I don't believe you don't cry. How can you do this ?'" says Simpson. "That's the No. 1 question I get." She does cry, she admits. Seeing the conditions in which some animals live is tough, as is finding animals dumped at the door of the Humane Society shelter.

All the bad -- it tears at her heart. So her work requires a shift in perspective.

"You can't work with your heart," Simpson explains. "You've got to work with your head or you lose whatever you're doing." Simpson, 58, has worked for the Humane Society in two stints for a total of 14 years. To Arkansans accustomed to seeing her in the media rescuing animals, seeking funds and supplies, and pushing for a state law to make cruelty to animals a felony, she's the voice and face of the Humane Society of Pulaski County.


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