On September 16, 2014, the NJ Department of Health wrote a letter to the health officer for the city of Linden ordering her to “immediately” close the pound due to failed inspections in July and August. All the animals and records are to be transferred to another licensed shelter.
Among the most egregious violations found during the inspections at the Linden pound:
- Impounded animals were being sold or killed before their 7 day mandatory holding periods expired.
- Animals were not being scanned for microchips at time of impound, at time of sale, or before being killed.
- Ketamine and euthanasia solution showed evidence of being used but no records were kept regarding their usage.
- Animals were not being weighed before being killed (in order to determine appropriate drug dosages) and no records of animal weights or dosages of drugs used to kill them were maintained.
- A veterinarian had not established or maintained a disease control or health care program at the pound, as required by law.
- Housing for the animals was in severe disrepair.
It sounds as if the city was given an opportunity to correct problems noted in July but inspectors found conditions worsened when they returned in August. Linden Mayor Richard “A Total Lie and an Exaggeration” Gerbounka says the state health department is “overreacting” and as of today, the Linden pound remains open in defiance of the state order as far as I know.
(Thank you Robert Scutro for the FOIA’d documents.)