Deborah Broughton, the recently hired head of Petersburg Animal Care and Control in Virginia, is not earning any praise from local pet advocates. Shortly after she was hired last month, 23 animals were killed at the pound in one day. A local advocate obtained the information via FOIA request and told a TV news reporter that one of the pets killed was a healthy Lab puppy, just 12 weeks old.
To put the killings into perspective, the Petersburg pound reported just 22 dogs and 5 cats on hand on January 1, 2012 in its annual report to the state. Assuming that number is representative of a typical number of shelter dogs and cats at the pound, it means that shortly after taking over, Debra Broughton may have killed nearly every pet in the facility in one day.
Rescuers also report difficulties in trying to save animals from the Petersburg pound. Which is interesting in light of the fact that Broughton appears to be citing the low number of rescues in comparison with the high number of intakes as an excuse:
Broughton could not be reached for comment Monday, but told the Progress Index two weeks ago that space at Animal Care and Control is a concern, saying one weekend, “we were able to get six dogs to rescues… but we had 20 come in.”
Records reportedly show that 47 animals were killed in a 16 day period last month at the Petersburg pound. In 2012, the facility killed about 50% of the dogs and cats in its care according to the state of Virginia annual report.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)