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Robeson shelter allowed to resume euthanizing animals

Posted January 26, 2011

— State regulators have reached an agreement with the Robeson County Animal Shelter to allow the facility to once again euthanize animals.

The Animal Welfare Section of the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services two weeks ago ordered the shelter to halt all euthanasia after a live puppy was found dumped at a nearby landfill.

Animal advocates have expressed concern for years about the shelter's euthanasia practices.

Under a consent agreement with the state, the shelter will pay a $1,000 fine and will submit a list of certified veterinarians who will perform euthanasia services at the facility.

If the shelter fails to follow all state rules for the next 12 months, it will face another $1,000 fine as part of the consent agreement.


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  • dwr1964 Jan 27, 2011

    Not sure a 2 grand fine over a 2 year period will send much of a message.

  • ellenlong13 Jan 26, 2011

    danielhoneycutt- You really should do your homework on shelters. You will be surprised at what you will learn.

  • ellenlong13 Jan 26, 2011

    danielhoneycutt- Did you know that you can find pure breed animals in any shelter all across the country? You do not have to go to a breeder. I also think it is extremely irresponsible of you not to have your animals fixed. If your animals should get out and wonder away ( which animals that are not fixed tend to do more often than not) your dog/cat can be responsible for multiple litters. The offspring of these litters will either die a horrible death on the streets or in a kennel. Do you really want the blood of those poor and innocent puppies/kittens on your hands? Think about it!

  • SweetB Jan 26, 2011

    Choosing NOT to spay n neuter is an irresponsible way of CARING for your pet and the pet OVERPOPULATION. There are SOOOOOOOOOO many animals that NEEEEEED a GOOD home. WHY do we still need a breeder? It is so pretentious to have the attitude that you MUST have a Full Breed. You have it on your hands...the fact that we can't foster out or adopt out. PFT & shame on you!

  • rdmcswai Jan 26, 2011

    shannonatlanticvend - Couldn't have said it better myself! My cat was a rescue and it's not possible for me to love him any more! :]

  • danielhoneycutt Jan 26, 2011

    I'm not saying all breeders are good nor am I saying all dogs from the pound are bad. But I don't think people should look down on me because I choose to go to a breeder and I choose not to spay/neuter my pet. If you feel everybody should spay/neuter where do you draw the line? Do you feel cattle owners should or horse breeders should. Where does it stop? Who do you judge and who do you not? I don't want a half breed pet. I want a full breed so therefore I go to breeders.

  • Dagn Jan 26, 2011

    Well how nice! Now they can go back to mistreating the animals before they do their botched euthanasia again. This joke of a place will be back in the news in just a matter of time because they are not capable of doing their jobs without mistreating the animals.

  • shannonatlanticvend Jan 26, 2011

    Back on subject......Its as simple as this:
    If we all adopted pets from the shelter we would not have to worry about seeing articles like this in the first place and animals would not have to be euthanized and found alive in a land fill.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jan 26, 2011

    shannonatlanticvend said: "Some of the smartest,healthiest,loyal and cutest dogs can be found!"

    How true, how true! From one animal AND shelter dog lover, to another, "here here!" :-)


  • shannonatlanticvend Jan 26, 2011

    I have a Cairn Terrier (100% Pure Breed) who came from a "breeder" with papers and all. He has so many genetic problems which cause major health problems that I would not wish that on my worst enemy. Perfect example of bad breeding. I am not saying all breeders are bad but most are. I also have a "pound" puppy (cattle dog/pit mix) who is perfectly healthy and cost less than $100 bucks. Also, the dogs at the pound are all not found running loose outside. Educate yourself on shelter dogs before you go knocking them! Some of the smartest,healthiest,loyal and cutest dogs can be found! I'm not bashing you...just advocating for shelter dogs :-)