County Health Department to Take Over Richmond Co Pound in NC
March 6, 2013
The Richmond Co HS in Rockingham, NC failed its February inspection by the state for many reasons including filthy conditions, insufficient employees to care for pets, broken dog houses and structural problems. Here are some excerpts from the inspector’s report:
- Inspector was on sight at 12pm when the facility opens to the public. At that time very little cleaning and care taken had been completed, greatly reducing the possibility of a second cleaning to include waste removal and sanitation as required by the Animal Welfare Act.
- Puppies were laying on heavily soiled newspaper in their enclosures where workers had not yet cleaned today. Waste removal and sanitation should take place a minimum of twice daily.
- Open bags of dry food viewed.
- Medical treatment room: Open cans of food viewed on work surfaces that was dried up and appeared old; open cans of food in the refrigerator was old and molded. Refrigerator used for storing vaccines and medicines had old dried up spills of medicine in it where it has not been kept clean. A towel on the counter used for food/medicine prep for this room is heavily soiled with crumbs, dirt and mice droppings. Used syringes were viewed soaking in dirty bowls, and set out to dry on a drip pan lined with dirty towels. Boxes of new syringes were viewed today. Used syringes should be disposed of immediately after use or sanitized and stored in a means that keeps them clean & dry. Mice droppings were viewed on multiple surfaces in this room. Animals housed in this room have not been cared for or enclosures cleaned while I was present.
- Pest Control: Mice droppings was viewed throughout the facility today. It is important that the facility address the problem in a timely manner. Also, better cleaning practices to include sealing all food, removing all trash in a speedy manner and cleaning & storing all towels and blankets daily will greatly reduce the mice population.
On May 1, the county health department is scheduled to take over the pound but they will be keeping the HS on board to assist because you know, they’ve done such a stellar job so far:
“This will allow the county to operate the day to day shelter business, while it will let the Humane Society concentrate on Humane Society functions instead of trying to manage and operate the building by itself,” said [county manager Rick] Sago. “We are not faulting anyone for what happened down there. It’s a big building to maintain.”
The Richmond Co HS has been operating primarily as a pet killing facility – using taxpayers’ money to put the community’s dogs and cats into the dumpster after forcing them to live in disgusting conditions at the pound. Shouldn’t somebody be faulted? I don’t like the excuses being made by the county going in. It doesn’t bode well for a sharp turnaround at the pound, which is what is desperately needed. The county will be hiring a full time director. Apply if you dare. Moldy canned food will be provided.