The website for the Rutherford Co pound in NC indicates the facility is closed during the hours most people can visit:
The shelter hours are Monday thru Thursday 12:00 P.M. till 4:00 P.M. for adoptions only and Friday 10:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m. for adoptions only. The shelter is closed on Saturday, Sundays, and major holidays.
With these very few open hours, it seems counter intuitive that the state is demanding the facility count hours for every animal and kill them based upon these arbitrary counts, relative to the mandatory 72 hour holding period:
State inspector Jay Blatche from said in his report to the shelter staff that any animal that is at the shelter on the 73rd hour must be adopted immediately or euthanized.
How can anyone be reasonably expected to adopt an animal on his 73rd hour when the place is mostly closed?
The state inspection was prompted by a citizen’s complaint alleging deplorable conditions, neglect and needless killing at the pound. The inspector indicated the facility was filthy and overcrowded but the sheriff’s department is all hey, we’re just heroes here:
Lt. Leon Godlock of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department said it is true the shelter has been holding some animals beyond the state mandate of 72 hours. “We’ve held animals up to 10 days or more over, just hoping someone will come by to adopt them,” Godlock said.
Maybe people have been coming by to adopt. Maybe they come by in droves on weekends, holidays and after school/work – the usual times most people can get there. But the county would not know if that was the case since the place is closed all those times.
“We got wrote up for housing too many animals, hoping they would get saved. Now we are going to start putting more animals down. It is about spacing,” Godlock said.
No. It’s about being open when people can get there. It’s about not putting sick puppies and kittens in cages with healthy puppies and kittens. It’s about cleaning litter boxes and kennels. It’s about providing soft food to puppies and kittens who are too young to eat hard kibble. It’s about keeping the number of kittens per cage down to a manageable number – not 19 or more. All these issues, with the exception of the facility being mostly closed, are addressed in the state’s inspection report.
But don’t criticize unless you are willing to neglect and kill pets yourself:
Kelly Carpenter, a volunteer with the Community Pet Center, says she’s surprised to see the reaction on social media.
Of the 330 animals that came into the shelter in June, 190 were put down.
“We work tirelessly all day long and half the night to coordinate with these rescue groups to get these animals out,” she says. “And if you’re not here on a daily basis to see what we’re doing, it’s kind of hard to criticize what goes on here.”
Not really. Killing more than 57% of the animals in your care last month indicates Rutherford Co is primarily operating a pet killing facility, not a shelter. Needless pet killing is the kind of thing that’s super easy to criticize. Most everyone hates it and will say so, given the opportunity. Defending the neglect and killing of shelter animals – now that’s the hard thing. It looks like Rutherford Co has sufficient enablers to keep the pet killing operation running for awhile.
(Thanks Clarice and Karen for the links.)