There is another article in the local paper regarding allegations of cruelty at the Robeson Co Animal Shelter (RCAS). It’s basically a he said/she said type deal with the shelter manager countering one eyewitness report with this handy retort:
“She did not witness anything. What she thinks she saw was not the truth.”
Beyond the back and forth, there are a couple of noteworthy items:
Robeson Co is paying for the HSUS to come down and evaluate the shelter. Part of the expense is being covered by a “grant” although the article doesn’t give any details on that. It seems a shame that a shelter with less than a $400k annual budget would spend money on getting an evaluation from an organization that does not operate a single shelter. Since RCAS kills roughly 4000 of the 6000 pets they take in each year, I would think they’d want to spend their money on consultants who actually shelter and save pets. But what do I know?
The article ends with the county and Rachelle Dudgeon, a shelter critic, enthusiastically blaming the public for the killing:
One point the county and Dudgeon agree on unequivocally is that the shelter’s problems start with pet owners: “These animals wouldn’t even be in the shelter if people took care of them,” Dudgeon said.
County officials and animal rights advocates both emphasize the necessity of spaying and neutering animals and properly identifying them with collars and tags, which would reduce the number of animals that have to be euthanized.
“Everyone needs to understand that everything that is happening is preventable,” Dudgeon said.
There will always be pets in shelters. Pet owners become incapacitated/die, stray animals reproduce, etc. The idea that if everyone just did what I said, we’d have no need for shelters is fatally flawed.
Preventing unintentional breedings and putting ID on pets are fine ideas but those things are not going to stop the killing.
What is preventable is killing healthy/treatable pets. And you don’t have to pay HSUS to tell you that.