Potential Adopter: Hi, I found a puppy I’d like to adopt.
Shelter Staff: You can’t adopt that puppy yet because he’s less than 8 weeks old.
Potential Adopter: I’m back to visit the puppy I picked out for adoption the other day. How much longer until he turns 8 weeks so I can take him home?
Shelter Staff: We’re killing that puppy today – he’s been here for 4 days so his time is up.
Potential Adopter: But I’d like to adopt him!
Shelter Staff: Actually we’re killing the entire litter. One of them is sick.
Potential Adopter: Can’t I adopt the one I picked out? I’ll take him to the vet right away to make sure he’s ok.
Shelter Staff: Nope.
(Later that day. Enter Craven County District 4 Commissioner Renee Sisk.)
Potential Adopter: Commissioner Sisk, can you help me save this puppy from being needlessly killed at the shelter? I want to adopt him!
Commissioner Sisk: I’ll call the shelter immediately.
Shelter Staff: We already killed that puppy. Anyway why is this lady being such a pain in the ass?
According to the article, the shelter has a very high kill rate:
In the fiscal year ending June 30, the shelter took in 2,546 dogs and puppies, and 3,721 cats and kittens. Of those, shelter staffed deemed 1,438 canines and 693 felines suitable for adoption, according to information the health department provided in July. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, shelter staff had euthanized 5,300 animals, according to the documents.
Commissioner Sisk plans to follow up with some of the county leaders who oversee the shelter on exactly why it was supposedly necessary to kill this would-be adopter’s chosen puppy.