OMG! These two should totally be friends!

Deborah Broughton, head of Petersburg Animal Care and Control in Virginia:

“The biggest problem is that some people are holding the pound to a shelter standard.”

Commissioner Gene Buckner, head of the Mercer Co pound in West Virginia:

“We’re not here to euthanize animals. These no-kill shelters are forcing us to do that.”

(Thanks Clarice and Vicki for the links.)

8 thoughts on “OMG! These two should totally be friends!

  1. I have gotten two dogs from the WV shelter, I know from my experience the volunteers go above and beyond to help any animal get out alive. They do need more networking.. But one problem I did had.. No-one at the shelter answers the phone or emails. I had to call the county commissioner office to get the first dog out.

      1. It is no longer just the irresponsible public to blame. It is also the No Kill shelters, who can’t do their jobs for them. That is a new one. Good luck selling that excuse.

  2. It continues to amaze and disappoint each time I hear the ignorant arrogant uncaring quotes from Animal Control staff, Directors, Law Enforcement and Councilpersons and Commissioners and above. Until there are standards in experience and training requirements for AC Staff – and Law Enforcement staff are trained to handle animals issues (which ARE people issues) – there’s not much hope in a quantum change in these entities. The animals continue to suffer…

  3. I don’t know what to say. I can’t even wrap my brain around this. Well, no, that’s not true. I know that local Animal Control used to get competitive and jealous when local rescues wanted to pull the easily adoptable cute and fuzzies. So I suppose that is where the “No Kill forces us to kill” comment comes from.
    And, come to think of it, I have heard the current Animal Control manager say that population control is a strong part of Animal Control and that they are NOT a shelter. (Although The Shelter Fund—the local non-profit fundraising group that supports Animal Control with donations from caring members of the community—wants Animal Control to be called The Shelter!)

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