This is a screenshot of part of what’s currently posted on Robeson County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page. I have no knowledge of who does the posting for this page or if the information is correct. If the information is wrong, I would think the shelter would want to get it corrected ASAP.
The text of the comments made by whoever posts for the shelter’s page:
The shelter is overloaded with puppies and some of them are starting to show signs of illness. They have not been euthanising because they were instructed to only euth. for space and nothing else. There are some young pups starting with vomiting and diarrhea. Please, if you are interested in these puppies, please contact the shelter today.
These babies do not need to stay there and risk infecting other animals. If they are not picked up today, they really need to be pts by tomorrow for their own sake and for others.
The county does not cover veterinary expenses. If someone wants to rescue them, a volunteer can transport them to the vet for them. I was told that another volunteer has already wormed these puppies, so a decent chance they could be dealing with a virus.
If this information is accurate, and the shelter is only killing pets “for space and nothing else”, I can not understand this. This shelter keeps its kennels half-empty so they can rotate pets during cleaning. They fought in court to keep doing this. So to say they have to kill any pets “for space” makes no sense to me.
As far as the sick puppies mentioned in the posting (note the wording – “the shelter is overloaded with puppies” – overloaded when half the facility remains empty?), it’s obvious they should receive veterinary care. If the shelter refuses to provide vet care, are they simply allowing sick pups to deteriorate, suffer and die? How does this qualify in any way as sheltering? I truly wonder what Robeson thinks euthanasia is for.
You know how I read this? The toddlers that run the Robeson shelter got pouty lipped and huffy when the court ordered them to stop killing pets who have had a rescue hold placed on them. As such, they muttered under their breath while stomping their feet, “Fine then. We won’t even euthanize suffering pets. And we won’t get them vet care either. That will teach those meddling animal activists!”
I hope I’m wrong. I hope this Facebook posting is wrong. But seeing as it’s been up for a month already, I have my doubts.
Added, 6-17-10: Unless it’s a temporary glitch, the Robeson Co Animal Shelter page on FB (linked above) appears to have been removed. I’m going to try accessing it again later just in case.