The Brevard Co pound in Florida was audited in 2009 and the county followed up on that audit in 2011 and again in 2013. A recent internal audit by the clerk of court, made public this week, reveals that “no appreciable progress was made between 2011 and 2013”. In addition, the clerk of court internal audit staff found the following:
- The Brevard Co pound staff is either not using many features of the Chameleon software or using them incorrectly.
- The pound is padding its live release rate by shuffling animals between its two facilities and categorizing those animals as “transfers”.
- Dogs are being kept in dirty cages and receiving too few walks.
- Some stray animals are being killed before their holding periods expire.
- The decision to kill specific animals lacks “sound reasoning”. For example, one puppy was killed for fighting with a sibling even though the pair were never separated.
- 90% of the animals killed are listed as behavioral or medical in nature.
- There are no behaviorists on staff and only one veterinarian to handle approximately 13,000 animals per year. The vet goes to the north facility just once per week.
- Staff evaluates dogs by putting them with a live cat. The ensuing fights have led to deaths and needless killings of animals injured during the evaluations.
- The pound is not sufficiently alerting the community prior to animals being killed.
- The pound is killing more than 100 animals per month upon request of the owners, without determining whether the animals can be saved.
- Both facilities are closed on Wednesdays, which is when staff works more hours than they do on weekends, when the public is there adopting.
- Pound management has no strategic plan in place to move toward no kill.
The audit staff made several recommendations based upon the report, including giving the public at least 48 hours notice online before killing animals. And obviously, stop placing dogs and cats in a room to fight. The county has responded to the report with a resounding thud:
Scott Ellis, Clerk of the Circuit Court, said he gave Brevard County’s Board of County Commissioners several opportunities to respond to all 51 pages of the audit.
After three months of hearing nothing, he decided to make it available to the public.
However, County Manager Stockton Whitten responded to Local 6.
“This is a report that appears to be a compilation of personal opinions on how Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement is to be operated,” Whitten wrote in an email to Local 6.
It’s only a bunch of opinions, so just keep on staging those cat-dog fights to the death I guess.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)