In 2011, the Wake Co pound in Raleigh, NC took a puppy to a local TV station for a Pet of the Day feature, returned to the pound after filming and killed her. In 2012, they accepted an owner surrendered dog from someone who quickly changed her mind about giving up her pet. Although the owner returned to reclaim her dog within 45 minutes of surrender, the Wake Co pound had already killed him. This spring, an employee/volunteer was charged with raping dogs at the facility over an 18 month period during which no one at the pound apparently noticed anything was wrong.
Last month, a local news outlet filmed a sign on the Wake Co pound’s door that informed people surrendering pets of the extreme likelihood that the pets will be killed due to the shelter being full. The news story indicated Wake Co was shipping pets to Charlotte and South Carolina, a city and state that both kill shelter pets already, in order to avoid killing for space:
“We are doing our absolute best not to euthanize for space. That’s why we’re reaching out to our rescues not only out of state, but across the state,” said [Assistant Rescue Coordinator Cindy] Lynch.
Wake Co kills roughly half of the 13,000 pets in its care every year so I’m not sure how truthful the claim that they are trying their “absolute best” not to kill for space is. Shelters who actually shelter the animals in their care and do not kill for space often have a save rate in the 95% range. Wake Co doesn’t even come close.
On Saturday, Wake Co killed more than a dozen pets for space, according to a local news report. The director expressed surprise that people were still surrendering pets to a place with a sign on the door warning that they’d most likely be killed:
Dr. Federico, director of the Wake Animal Shelter said, “Some people are like ok, I can’t. Take them anyway. I don’t get that and they’re ok with that and leave them.”
Let’s get one thing straight. Dr. Federico is out of line in characterizing people who surrender their pets to Wake Co as being “ok with” killing. Overwhelmingly, people are not ok with killing shelter pets. Dr. Federico appears to be looking to hang the blame on the public for somehow approving of her killing of shelter pets. This is not only insulting but outright false. If you can’t own it, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.
Do your job and shelter pets Dr. Federico. Don’t blame the public for the killing you do. Wake Co continues to function as it has for some time – as a pet killing facility employing people who hurt animals. There is no excuse.