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Wayne County Officials Respond To Animal Shelter Report

Posted October 31, 2003

— The Humane Society of the United States recently called a Wayne County animal shelter a health and safety threat. The county plans to make some repairs, but officials said they were well aware of problems before the inspection.

The county recently asked the agency to come for an inspection of the animal shelter.

"We've had a lot of complaints from the public and the local humane society and the local animal control advisory board has had concerns about the way we handle animals," Wayne County Manager Lee Smith said.

The Humane Society of the United States found those concerns are real. The group found the shelter is a health hazard to the animals, staff and public who visit.

The Humane Society of the United States made some suggestions to improve the shelter now until a new one is built. One suggestion is adding new exhaust fans to improve ventilation. Another suggestion, which is less pleasant, is to euthanize animals daily to ease overcrowding.

The county will also create a taskforce to look for improvements even though there is not a lot of money to go around.

"The staff was commended by the U.S. Humane Society for doing a good job with limited resources," Smith said.

The shelter is in compliance with state laws, so for now, it is still open. The Wayne County animal shelter staff said it will continue to keep the public away from certain areas of the shelter to avoid potential health hazards.


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