Lincoln Co Pound Director Wants to Speed Up the Whole Dead Animal Thing

David Workman, director of the Lincoln Co pound which was recently fined by the state of NC after more than 200 animals were left to suffer to death during a 6 month period, wants to kill animals faster – before they have the chance to keel over in their cages presumably.

A proposal introduced at Monday night’s county commissioner meeting could soon impose a time limit on healthy animals in the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
LCAS Director David Workman suggested [a policy change] which would give animals 10 days to be adopted or rescued before facing mandatory euthanization.

Some animals might be allowed to live past the 10 days, at the discretion of the director. The one who wants the power to kill faster. Animal advocates side-eyed the guy:

Members of animal advocacy group Helping Animals To Survive were in attendance, and board member Tim O’Brien said his group does not support the proposal.
Workman said when he approached HATS members with the idea at one of their recent board meetings, they “did not seem to be quite on board with it.”

An animal advocacy group not quite on board with killing animals faster – well my stars, what will they think of next?  Oh wait:

[Workman also] proposed limiting drop-off times to between 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“Limiting the intake, that’s something that we talked to David and (County Manager) Kelly (Atkins) months and months and months ago about,” O’Brien said. “It should be limited. It’s too easy to just drop off a stray animal. Limiting those animals absolutely will help that.”

So apparently everyone agrees that it should be harder to drop off stray pets at the Lincoln Co shelter. Super. I can’t think of any possible negative repercussions from that. I mean no more than a dozen. Twenty at most.

Limited intake is not open admission, which is what taxpayers are paying for in Lincoln Co. Managed intake, which is different from limited admission, can be successfully utilized by shelters while still offering full open admission services to the community. But making it harder for people to bring strays to the local safe haven is a terrible idea and not consistent with no kill, which the county supposedly hearts:

Lincoln County adopted a no-kill philosophy in 2013, and while live-release rates have risen since, the shelter hasn’t yet saved enough animals to officially qualify as a no-kill shelter.

And the shelter never will, so long as it has a director fighting to kill animals faster and local advocates who want to make it harder for residents to help stray animals.

(Thanks Lisa for the link.)

6 thoughts on “Lincoln Co Pound Director Wants to Speed Up the Whole Dead Animal Thing

  1. Gosh, they weren’t quite on board with it, were they? Huh.

    I know, how about expanding your volunteer program to increase marketing and adoptions. You could raise money for medical care on the side, just for funsies. That might make you look like less of a pet serial killer, you know?

  2. For what it’s worth, I sent this article to my friend who is the news manager for WRAL, a CBS affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, NC. I hope they cover it.

  3. There has to be a petition against this! Does anyone know of one? Of not I say we make one. This is absurd.

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