The Yadkin Co pound functions primarily as a pet killing facility, killing more than 70% of its dogs and cats in 2013:
The NC Department of Agriculture regularly inspects the state’s pounds in order to hold them to bare minimum standards which do not in any way include lifesaving. The state has passed Yadkin Co many times. But on November 6, the inspector took issue with a number of sub-standard conditions and practices evident at the facility and did not give Yadkin Co a passing report. The full inspection report can be read here. It was signed by the same inspector who had just given the facility a pass one month earlier.
Among the failings noted during the November 6 inspection:
- Sick cats were being housed with healthy cats.
- Sick cats were not receiving veterinary care.
- Three cats were being housed in an enclosure that had old, dried blood on the walls, and none of the three were bleeding.
- There was so much old hair and debris in the cat area that the ventilation system was clogged.
- Excessive amounts of food and feces were present in the cat area.
- Build up of food and debris in the dog area is an ongoing problem.
- Staffing was inadequate to provide care for the number of animals at the facility.
The local FOX affiliate visited the pound to see conditions first hand. The reporter noted there was still old, dried blood on the walls in the cat area.
FOX8 spoke with Jessica Wall, assistant director of Yadkin County’s Human Service Agency, regarding the state’s bare bones standards and the county’s failure to meet them. She appears to be in total denial:
“We’re meeting those requirements, we’re meeting what needs to be done and even in a lot of instances, we’re going above and beyond,” she said.
As for the “excess feces” and dried blood in the cat enclosure, Wall also cited employee performance.
“There might be that here’s not enough attention to detail, but if that’s something that’s happened, it’s been brought to our attention, we’re going to address it, and it has been addressed. Those issues have been corrected,” she said.
There might have been some teensy problem but most likely not, because the Yadkin Co pet killing facility is super awesome.
FOX8 asked Yadkin Co chairman Kevin Austin about the understaffing problem:
As for the number of employees at the shelter, Austin noted that the county employs two full-time staff members at the shelter, on top of the animal control personnel designated by the sheriff’s office.
“There was one employee there the day of the inspection, but we have two staff; we had one who called in sick,” he said.
But that doesn’t appear to jive with the inspector’s notes in the report:
The county has 30 days to correct the problems
that don’t exist and are already fixed anyway. In the meantime, a 70% kill rate apparently qualifies as “going above and beyond”. This will surely be a source of great pride for the lost and homeless pets in Yadkin Co and the taxpayers funding their deaths.
(Thanks Clarice and Arlene for sending me this story.)