In 2015, the troubled Stokes Co pound in North Carolina took in 1029 dogs and cats, killing 473 of them. The county’s adoption rate was 36%, return to owner rate was 7% and kill rate was 46%. Dogs and cats coming in the front door of the Stokes Co pound had a better chance of going out the back door in a garbage bag than anything else.
This month, county manager Rick Morris says Stokes is “overwhelmed with strays and surrenders”, there are funding issues and staff turnover as well. To address these issues, county leaders voted to not address them at all:
“We will no longer […] take in animal surrenders by the owners or stray animals,” said county manager, Rick Morris.
Morris added that he expects his county’s failure to do their jobs with regard to community pets will leak onto surrounding counties actually trying to do their jobs. And he’s fine with that. Let other shelters take care of Stokes Co animals because we’re not going to do it. I guess sucks being you, other counties.
Then there’s this:
“It’s just unbelievable the number of animals people just want to give up,” said County Manager Rick Morris.
[Refusing to shelter strays and surrenders in need is] a change Morris says will cut costs for cleaning supplies and spay and neutering.
Right. Reduced spay-neuter should certainly help reduce your county’s animal population. I have no idea how that would work but hey, less paper towels!
They are changes Morris hopes will save many animals from having to be euthanized.
“It’s doing a favor to the animals by not putting them in there,” he said.
The most likely outcome for animals at the Stokes Co pound is killing. Because the staff kills them instead of doing their jobs to shelter them. So it’s a favor to the animals to not put them in a place where people kill them. I see what you did there.
Stokes County manager Rick Morris hopes by changing the way the shelter operates, it will make people around the area more responsible with their pets.
Yeah I’m pretty sure that’s how that works. Lead by example. By taking no responsibility for the challenges involved in sheltering animals, the job taxpayers are paying you to do, the public will learn – wait.
What the public actually did:
Several Stokes County residents stood before county commissioners Monday night, demanding to pay higher taxes to help offset costs for much-needed services like EMS, funding for schools and the county animal shelter.
Oh snap. For some reason, the public seems to find the whole non-solution solution to be less desirable than paying higher taxes. Let that sink in for a sec.
Nice try Stokes Co but it seems like taxpayers still want you to do your jobs. And they are paying attention. Quick – look busy while you try to think up another stellar plan to avoid work.