The terrible Forsyth Co pound in NC continues to be terrible. The NC Department of Agriculture failed the facility on its March inspection and this month, fined the county $5200 for numerous violations of state laws. Among the violations outlined by the state:
- Animals whose records contained no indication of serious illness or injury were being killed before the 72 hour mandatory holding period.
- A cat with a leg wound was left for 2 days without veterinary care then killed.
- Another cat with an injured leg was left without vet care for 2 days, then had instructions issued for vet care and was then immediately killed.
- A dog with her uterus hanging out was left in a cage without veterinary treatment for nearly 3 full days before someone finally sent a photo to the vet to inquire if she needed any medical care.
- A sick, one month old kitten whose records contained the notes “eyes possibly blind” and “cat can not eat on its own” was left without vet care to suffer in a cage until she finally died 3 days later.
- An elderly dog who was barely able to move, exhibiting neurological symptoms, urinating in his bowl, vomiting and having diarrhea in his cage was scheduled for euthanasia 3 days after being surrendered. While handling the dog in preparation for the euthanasia, a staff member said she was bitten. The decision was then made to leave the suffering dog in a cage for an additional 10 day rabies hold with a plan to cut off his head and submit it for rabies testing. The dog was found dead in his cage 9 days into the hold. He never received any vet care.
- A dog who was struggling to breathe and unable to move after being run over by a car was left without veterinary care to suffer for more than 24 hours before being killed. Another mangled dog was similarly neglected.
- A nursing dam was seized for a 10 day bite quarantine along with her litter of 7 puppies. Pound staff killed the mother and all her puppies after 9 days. No owner surrender form or other records could be found for the puppies.
While these violations of state code may seem disturbing to some, it’s all in how you look at it:
Tim Jennings, Forsyth County’s animal control director, said after reviewing the violation notice Monday, “It looks like we have some things we need to focus on, prioritize and deal with pretty quickly.”
“They’re outlining some serious issues, and we have to correct those problems,” Jennings said.
He said they strive to keep animals from suffering.
[County manager Dudley] Watts said the civil penalty “comes as an unfortunate surprise to us,” because the county has some years of solid inspections.
“We just haven’t had these kinds of violations emerge. … But we certainly want to make sure that we’re in compliance across all of these issues,” Watts said.
Everybody calm down. It’s not Eyes Possibly Blind kitten left in a cage to starve to death or Dog with Insides Falling Out left to suffer – it’s just issues. Plus, they’re striving. So there’s that.
I hate that the county had this unfortunate surprise. You know who else got an unfortunate surprise? That cat with the hurt leg who finally got to see a vet after 2 days at the pound but instead of getting treatment, the pound staff decided to give him death. Treatment sounds like work, amirite?
(Thanks Clarice and Lisa.)