Robeson Co Moves to Kill More Shelter Puppies

The Robeson County pound in NC killed 62% of the dogs in its care in 2015.  Expect that number to go up.

Last month, the Robeson Co Board of Death Health adopted a policy which will, in effect, mean death for many puppies at the county pound.  Specifically, any puppy under 4 months old eyeballed by pound employees and deemed to be a pitbull, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog or a mix of any of these, will be killed unless an out of state rescue group swoops in to save the dog. It has to be out of state because you know, they said so.  The policy comes in response to four recent dog attacks in the area – three of which allegedly involved pitbulls.

Bill Smith, director of the Robeson Co Death Health Department, said it’s not necessary to include any other breeds in the policy because hey, three out of four.

Or make that one out of two:

According to the Robeson County Health Department, 114 dogs have been declared vicious in Robeson County since 2012. Fifty-seven of those animals were listed as a pit bull or pit bull mix.

But whatever, it’s some anyway.  And some makes for good policy.  I guess adopting a policy based on the actions of a dog, regardless of breed, would be too… sensible?

It is proven fact that shelter workers do not accurately identify breeds, even when the dogs are grown up to what they actually look like, let alone when they are squished up puppy versions, so visual assessment by Robeson Co pound workers will doom all kinds of puppies to death – not just “pitbulls”.

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Rescue groups in other states are already overburdened trying to save puppies and dogs in their own areas with scant resources.  This is an unrealistic alternative and yet it is the only one Robeson Co is providing for these mislabeled puppies who have harmed no one.

Robeson Co residents need to stand up and tell their elected officials that killing healthy, happy puppies at the shelter will not prevent dog attacks.  Never has, never will.  The county should end this discriminatory policy and replace it with one which addresses a dog’s actions, not the shape of his head.

(Thanks Susan, Lisa and Lou Ann.)

 

 

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  1. LR

     /  May 4, 2016

    I was always told by Sampson County pound that if Animal Control brings in a dog with the form they fill out that labels the breed they MUST stick with that label. However, this is why we are so adamant about making a few phone calls to see what type of person you are giving a dog to. Its not a guarantee, but it helps. Good luck getting the North to pull these, its the majority of what’s being killed up there so they aren’t going to be rushing to save them I hate to say. Basically we have barbarians running the pounds and they DO NOT CARE.

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  2. Linda B.

     /  May 4, 2016

    What is wrong with North Carolina these days? They are reverting back to the dark ages! We’re supposed to be moving toward a no-kill nation, people. Get it together!

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  3. To make matters worse, the recent shutdown of The Haven in nearby Hoke County deprives Robeson Co. residents of any feasible alternative to turning animals in to the local pound. This is a real recipe for disaster & cries out for action.

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  4. Shane and Sia Barbi

     /  May 4, 2016

    [https://www.bing.com/th?id=OVP.Vee1a265d63c8ec582196bc5734e66933&pid=Api]

    Los Angeles Shelter rendering plant. PILES OF DEAD SHELTER … http://www.youtube.com Murdered and sold by the pound! OVER 350 TONS of animals a year!! Los Angeles city/county collects money for killing shelter animals. YES, they profit for ki…

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    • izzyvanover

       /  May 10, 2016

      THEY’RE A BUNCH OF IGNORANT UNCARING BASTARDS! THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM AND NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED! NO ANIMAL DESERVES THIS CRUEL TREATMENT BY A BUNCH OF STUPID SCUM!

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    • izzyvanover

       /  May 10, 2016

      CALIFORNIA IS A STATE FULL OF IRRESPONSIBLE, RICH PEOPLE AND THEIR HORRIFIC CRUELTY MUST BE STOPPED NOW!

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    • izzyvanover

       /  May 10, 2016

      SCUM SUCKING PIGS (MY APOLOGY TO PIGS).

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  5. Susan

     /  May 5, 2016

    Here in Hicktown I guess we don’t have the volume of corpses to justify sending them to be turned into food for the “shelters” to feed their inmates. At least in the hellhole county where I live, the dog bodies are taking to the landfill, while undamaged cat bodies are sold via intermediary to Carolina.com for resale to those infinitely useful high school biology classes for dissection.

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  6. mikken

     /  May 5, 2016

    So… wait a minute. Maybe I’ve got this wrong, but it sounds like they’re still adopting out intact adult pits with the idea that they can be s/n immediately using a voucher or whatever. They just don’t want to adopt out intact pit puppies that people could… forget to s/n?

    Is that… right?

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  7. LR

     /  May 5, 2016

    Same for Sampson County. They don’t even bother listing cats anymore. IF they do, its maybe 2 to 5 at someone’s insistence.

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    • Susan

       /  May 5, 2016

      How are you? I haven’t “seen” you in ages.

      Reply

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