Person County’s Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

At its most recent state inspection in December 2015, the very suckish Person Co pound in NC reportedly had just 32 animals in its 71 cage facility.  Previous inspections reveal similar numbers.  That would seem to be a problem in a pound that kills animals.  But the statistics posted on the Person Co website indicate that in the first quarter of 2016, they have killed just 6% of dogs and 2% of cats:

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Screengrab from the Person Co website.

They also have a detailed breakdown of intakes and outcomes on the site:

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Screengrab from the Person Co website.

 

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Screengrab from the Person Co website.

So I’m noticing the pound has a fairly impressive laundry list of Reasons Dogs and Cats Must Die. If you’re lost and we know who your owner is but your owner doesn’t come by to get you, you must die. If you are unpredictable, we can not have your loony ass running around town dropping random zaniness on unsuspecting folks trying to do their shopping and such so, you must die. If we are out of space, which we are never even close to but some numbers need to be put into this category because otherwise it gets lonely, you must die.  And if your adoption time has expired, you must die – because obviously dogs and cats are freshest on the first day and you really don’t want them going moldy out there on the adoption floor.

Anyhoo, I see they’ve taken in 223 cats so far this year and they’ve killed 9 of them for REASON plus 107 more for REASON plus another 44 for REASON plus – heeeeey, hold up one pancake flipping second.  Oh my Math.  They are lying about their kill rates.  And not just for cats.  And not just for 2016.

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Alice at the Medina Co SPCA, who has an opinion on your stats. (Photo by Casey Post.)

Person Co’s kill rate for cats for the first quarter of 2016 is actually about 77%.  But you know, 77% is right next to 2% on the keyboard so.  They’ve killed roughly 30% of their dogs so far this year.  Which is like 6% if you times it by 5.  And those kill rates for previous years showing a steady improvement?  Also all lies.

To summarize, the place is mostly empty but they kill for space but it’s only 2% unless you are some kind of math snob and want to go by actual hoity-toity numbers and anyway it’s another year of steady improvement which, while wholly unsupported by the true statistics, is a nice sounding thing and everybody likes nice sounding things so why you gotta hate?  I think I need a refresher assplanation about how, if only I would neuter and microchip my pets, all these lies covering up convenience killing would not be needed.

(Thanks Lisa.)

 

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  1. Susan

     /  April 8, 2016

    Par for the North Carolina course. Amazing that the not-so-new Animal Welfare Director, Patricia Norris, doesnt have on her considerable staff someone competent to perform basic mathematical functions and call out these rural GOBs on their bullshit.

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  2. Send this info to her office right away — mixed results for particular problems but in general they are doing a better job than previously, I think. Kudos to you for breaking this down & exposing fallacies.

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  3. mikken

     /  April 8, 2016

    I wonder how many of those “owner never reclaimed” were people in the hospital or jail or some other place where they could not reclaim?

    And… I’m sorry, but in three months they adopted out a grand total of THREE cats? And in that same time they killed 107 cats for being “unsocialized”? Sounds a lot like someone likes their cages nice and empty…

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