Montgomery Co Pound Needs to Attend Its Own Funeral
November 16, 2012
Montgomery Co AC in NC had a 1% adoption rate and a o% RTO rate in 2011. The county killed 100% of the cats in its care and 98% of the 729 dogs taken in, adopting out 12. In addition, the county picked up a coyote, 20 possums and 25 raccoons – all of whom were killed. The county spent roughly $98,000 to save 12 dogs and kill 1233 other animals.
A Raleigh area TV station reported on the Montgomery Co pet killing facility last night:
Montgomery County’s animal shelter has failed 11 of its 14 inspections, according to public records the WRAL Investigates team examined.
Inspectors called the shelter’s conditions “deplorable” and noted that it did not have any walls to protect the animals from the weather, the dogs and cats weren’t being fed and cages weren’t cleaned for an entire weekend.
The shelter abides by the 72-hour state minimum to hold animals before they are euthanized, but there’s no formal adoption process, no regular shelter hours and no website to advertise available animals.
Montgomery Co manager Matt Woodard got out his dog whistle for WRAL and blamed the pound’s horrifying failures on “funding problems and a different mentality about animals among people in his county.” Yeah we can’t bother to feed, clean or protect pets from the elements before killing them because irresponsible public!
One of those people with a “different mentality about animals” is Mr. Woodard who told the reporter he wasn’t surprised his county kills 99% of the animals in its care. ACO Leon Everett is another. He talked about the killing he does:
“It’s like going to your mother’s funeral every time you do it. You never get over it.”
At the time of the TV station’s visit, a dog had been left at the pound with his legs duct taped together:
“There are cruel people in the world,” Woodard said.
The reporter doesn’t say whether they took the duct tape off before killing the dog, which is what presumably happened to him, judging from statistics.
The TV station offered to help save more pets:
WRAL reached out to Montgomery County’s manager and offered to help promote an adoption clinic for the animals.
The county manager declined.
There are cruel people in the world.
Lisa Brockmeier, who blogs at FixNC, told WRAL:
“My reaction is, they’re not even trying.”
I won’t argue.