On March 21, The Lincoln Times-News in NC ran a lengthy piece on the troubled Lincoln Co pound which included comments from more than a dozen volunteers, rescuers, fosters and former employees. Some requested their real names not be published in the paper due to fear of reprisal. It’s been 2 1/2 years since Lincoln Co commissioners unanimously voted to embrace no kill. The pound continues to kill animals. Among the concerns expressed by those interviewed for the article:
- Pound staff kill pets while cages sit empty, sometimes as a means of hurting someone who is trying to save the animals.
- Cats are placed on the kill list for being feral when they are in fact friendly, socialized animals.
- Some dogs are placed on the kill list for aggression without any sort of temperament evaluation. Others are placed on the kill list for treatable conditions such as heartworm or itchy skin.
- Intact male dogs pulled by rescuers often have chemical burns on their testicles from the bleach poured on the floors.
- The supposed increase in the pound’s reported live release rate does not include animals who fall over dead in their cages – something that happens at an alarming rate.
- Inmates perform the only real work that gets done at the pound while county employees smoke, play cards and play on their phones.
- The pound’s contracted veterinarian is referred to as “Dr. Death” by many volunteers as death is her recommended treatment for many shelter animals, including nearly all the cats in the facility when she first came on board in 2012.
The same night the article ran in the paper, Lincoln Co commissioners held their regular public meeting and criticized the piece, comparing it to tabloid journalism. It was also announced at the meeting that Dr. Death’s contract had been renewed and she’d been given a huge raise. The county is currently in the process of hiring a replacement for the pound’s director who is resigning.
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)