Bland Harbison http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky Farmer's Estate Donates to Every County Animal Shelter in State http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-farmers-estate-donates-every-county-animal-shelter-state <p>A mild-mannered western Kentucky farmer who never turned away a stray cat left a portion of his estate to every county-run animal shelter in the state.</p><p>County officials received checks earlier this month for $1,432.47 from a man they never met, a Muhlenberg County dairy farmer named Bland Hardison.</p><p>Hardison died in 2008 at age 86 and had set up in his will a gift for the state's animal shelters, said his widow, Jonell Hardison. In total, Hardison set aside nearly $1 million in donations to various charities upon his death, and the estate took years to settle.</p><p>Jonell Hardison said Wednesday that her husband loved his pets and even the strays that would wander onto the farm. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:25:51 +0000 Associated Press 28648 at http://wkyufm.org