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  • karolynt Nov 21, 7:41 p.m.

    I live in rural SC, and our county shelter was in bad shape several years ago. It was not until a light was shone on the poor conditions, and our sheriff did not want to be seen in a bad light that changes were made. Then, when carcasses were found buried in a vacant lot across from the shelter, statewide publicity came about, as well as SC Law Enforcement Division investigation. Officers were shooting dogs. They were all fired, and new staff was hired. Now the shelter is doing great. It takes action by local people to really get the ball rolling, as well as national organizations chiming in. Unfortunately, in rural areas people are afraid of rocking the boat, but a few well-placed words in a national organization's ears can do a world of good. We also had a decrepit gas chamber, and when shame was brought down on the sheriff, it was discarded in favor of lethal injection.

  • farmerwannabe Nov 21, 4:00 p.m.

    And then you have animal controls and CPS that conspire against an innocent family so the case worker can get an open case after the family refused to agree to one. Then when the family took their legal right to sue then animal control raids this family who runs a no kill cat shelter. In the end 23 animals have died because of these 2 people..............http://www.causes.com/causes/657277-help-bring-the-lee-s-pets-home

  • Rebelyell Nov 20, 8:24 a.m.

    Only one post notes the real problem--loose animals and lax enforcement of existing laws prohibiting loose animals. Because the animal nuts think animals are more important than humans, and thus should roam free. As our society has become more and more liberal-hearted, they have undermined the loose animal laws and enforcement. In Wake county, it takes DAYS for an officer to respond to a call. Because the animal control has been undermined by animal nuts.

  • aaldogoo Nov 16, 5:57 p.m.

    What a horrible place and this county should be ashamed and all wear sunglasses to avoid detection. Pets in this county don't stand a chance and the residents look the other way. As for the county find resources ! Reach out to groups write grants for cryin out loud. and do something other than killing.

  • caniac8402 Nov 16, 5:44 p.m.

    funnyfarm10 - I agree to an extent. But it is not the responsible ones that cause the problem, it is the irresponsible. So what do we do with people who get pets and have no business getting pets? Do we just leave the animals to their own devices? Hope they don't become vicious because they are so hungry? Hope they are smart enough not to use the logic " I can't feed myself so I don't need to have puppies or kittens"? Truth be told, I would rather my taxpayer money go to support animals in a shelter, spay / neuter programs or other programs of the like, than people who chose to sit on their rump and nothing but live off tax dollars. BUT that is just my opinion.

  • jabrams Nov 16, 5:18 p.m.

    Maybe the people wanting to start the Humane Society to help the sociable animals can offer to get pix. of the animals avail. or they can help get volunteers to get pix of the animals so they can get them crossposted and help get the pix. out to rescue groups and adopters to give the animals a better chance of getting out of the shelter and reduce kill rate. Petfinder is a great resource for the animals getting adopted and pix. could help get quicker response and help for the animals...

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 4:59 p.m.

    "Karen - www.NCVAW.org---"NC taxpayers pay about 33 million at last count to take in, house and ultimately kill these animals. If even half of this went to fund free s/n we would see the numbers drop and our tax bill as well."

    "Thank you for posting that stat...I was not aware the number was THAT high. And that is the point I was trying to get across in my posts as well. Maybe it's time we hit up all our newly elected politicians to look into this."---funnyfarm10

    Perhaps pointing out that with kill rates this high, taking half of the money they already use to house animals then there will only be half as many animals that can be helped. Which means a significant increase in the number of animals put down.

    Maybe your logic is a little twisted?

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 4:55 p.m.

    "Lastly when WRAL visited this shelter there were no cats present so apparently they kill every cat whether room is available or not. How do they explain that logic???"----Karen - www.NCVAW.org

    Perhaps that the 100% kill rate for cats means they kill them all?

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 4:54 p.m.

    Please don't forget about NCSU's vet school program called Operation Catnip where they spay/neuter about 100 feral or unowned cats every month for free. And they have a low cost voucher for owned cats. http://www.operationcatnip.org/
    Karen - www.NCVAW.org

    Yes, take them to NC State, you might want to remind them not to stick a feeding tube into their lungs and drown them though.....

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 4:53 p.m.

    @Damien - NCVAW did reach out to Troxler on several ocassions. Please don't call us useless when you don't even know have the correct facts. @Dan - Not having your animal altered works great if that animal never gets loose by mistake. What about people whose kids let the dog out by mistake? Happens all the time in my neighborhood. Also people let their kids walk their dog when there is no way the child can control most of the dogs they are walking esp if the dog just bolts.
    Karen - www.NCVAW.org

    You are a useless organization. You have an inflexible view of what people should do to their animals. I have had enough of people telling me and everyone else what I should or should not do with my animals. Perhaps you should go door to door in your neighborhood where you claim to see it all the time, try to force those people to get their animals "altered". I have seen many organizations like yours talk the talk, but like PETA all you do is talk, and dump animals in dumpsters.

  • Karen - www.NCVAW.org Nov 16, 4:46 p.m.

    Please don't forget about NCSU's vet school program called Operation Catnip where they spay/neuter about 100 feral or unowned cats every month for free. And they have a low cost voucher for owned cats. http://www.operationcatnip.org/

  • Karen - www.NCVAW.org Nov 16, 4:41 p.m.

    This shelter has had 6 years to comply with failed inspections yet Lee Hunter acts as if they just failed their first inspection and should have more time to comply! It is up to the county to find the money to comply with state laws and they are simply not doing that and apparently have no intention of it being that they spend less than 1% of their budget on the shelter. It is also a state law that EVERY shelter must offer 4 hours 3x/week where they are open to the public to look for lost pets. Is that even being honored?? Lastly when WRAL visited this shelter there were no cats present so apparently they kill every cat whether room is available or not. How do they explain that logic???

  • McLovin Nov 16, 4:14 p.m.

    this is a sad story, but whats also upsetting is that if people were responsible with their pets, then the need for animal shelters would be much lower...I have two rescues, both of them were found on the side of a road in a box - I would almost rather them get euthenized then to get hit by a car or lead a life full of disease and rummaging

  • FailedGroupTherapy Nov 16, 4:13 p.m.

    Karen - www.NCVAW.org---"NC taxpayers pay about 33 million at last count to take in, house and ultimately kill these animals. If even half of this went to fund free s/n we would see the numbers drop and our tax bill as well."

    Thank you for posting that stat...I was not aware the number was THAT high. And that is the point I was trying to get across in my posts as well. Maybe it's time we hit up all our newly elected politicians to look into this.

  • Jules Nov 16, 4:09 p.m.

    To everyone that is angry about this, do like I did. Go get a pet or two or three or as many as you can afford to care for, spay/neuter them, and help them to have a happy life. If you aren't part of the solution and are complaining, shut up.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 16, 4:07 p.m.

    S N A P what more can i say.....if there is not one near you then find it and all of the rest who are whiniing

  • bluecanary Nov 16, 3:57 p.m.

    And yes, Scarlett, you are 100% right about shelters selling bodies of euthanized animals for medical research. So what is their motivation to stop the killing if they're getting paid for every dead animal? Once again, go money go.

  • FailedGroupTherapy Nov 16, 3:57 p.m.

    caniac8402---I probably could have worded it a bit better but it just yanks my chain everytime the blame is placed on breeders...especially when we live in such a disposable society these days (to include our pets). And who gets stuck with all the unwanted?...shelters at the taxpayers expense, or rescue. And don't get me started on the "we need tougher laws" mantra. There are states with a SHORTAGE of pets AND adoptable pets because of it and 'rescues' importing from overseas when other states have shelters overflowing. I have done my homework for over 20 years...including rescuing unwanted pets. Closing shelters and diverting that tax money for spay/neuter etc. is a viable option...and owners can take responsibility and pay the vet to euthanize their unwanted pet...why should we be paying for it?

  • bluecanary Nov 16, 3:50 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but I can't foresee any economic circumstance that would prevent me from keeping my dog. If I'm homeless, living in my car, he's going to be right there with me. I understood when I adopted him that I was making a commitment to him for life. And yes, I understand that he is not a human. He's a dog, which is so much better in so many respects. He is also not disposable, a hobby, an accessory, or a toy. He's a living thing. All the people who are justifying dumping a pet at a kill shelter because of "economic reasons" are just making excuses for the bad behavior of others. I've worked at a shelter, and I've seen irresponsible people roll up in a brand new car, wearing expensive jewelry and designer clothes, claiming "We just can't afford to feed him anymore" as they dump their pet. Really? Cavemen managed to feed their dogs, but somehow you can't? Give me a break.

  • superman Nov 16, 3:48 p.m.

    I understand that some nursing homes dont do much better. Never read about the public uproar on that. I understand they arent cheap either.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 16, 3:43 p.m.

    What a shame! They could give the animals away. Says a lot about them.

  • Karen - www.NCVAW.org Nov 16, 3:41 p.m.

    @Damien - NCVAW did reach out to Troxler on several ocassions. Please don't call us useless when you don't even know have the correct facts.
    @Dan - Not having your animal altered works great if that animal never gets loose by mistake. What about people whose kids let the dog out by mistake? Happens all the time in my neighborhood. Also people let their kids walk their dog when there is no way the child can control most of the dogs they are walking esp if the dog just bolts.
    @Pausetoconsider - You have a lot to learn. A shelter is not doing the right thing offering zero adoption hours and just killing everything that comes in. You say you don't want to pay for unwanted pets? You already are! NC taxpayers pay about 33 million at last count to take in, house and ultimately kill these animals. If even half of this went to fund free s/n we would see the numbers drop and our tax bill as well. I hupe ur pet never winds up in a shelter since you feel no one else should care about others' pets

  • caniac8402 Nov 16, 3:21 p.m.

    funnyfarm10 - While I understand not lumping All people who purchase pets in the same category, it is also unfair to assume they are any more responsible pet owners than those who do not purchase pets. There are "backyard" breeders everyday just as responsible for adding to the overpopulation of animals. don't assume it is just people who don't purchase pets. Also, consider doing your research before you get on WRAL "blasting" shelters. Have you ever volunteered at one? I have. Have you ever visited one? I have. Do you have a shelter pet? I do. Have you seen the daily frustrations and obstacles a shelter faces? I have. With that being said, that in no way excuses this shelter or it's actions. You also have to remember the economy as it is people can't afford to keep their pets. The ASPCA does offer LOW to NO Cost spay and neuter programs as do other "no-kill" shelters (Safe Haven, Calvin's Paws etc). It is not the taxpayers fault, the shelters fault, the dogs and cats fault, it

  • FailedGroupTherapy Nov 16, 2:37 p.m.

    To all those blasting the buying of a pet...some people prefer to KNOW what the background of the pet is and the type or temperment traits of a particular breed. To lump ALL breeders in one catagory is as disgusting as comparing pets to children. And I say, close ALL taxpayer funded shelters and let the owners (or rescuses) take responsibility for the mess. Or at the very least, use the money that was going to shelters to offer FREE spay/neuter and vaccinations for those on fixed or limited income...it's a win/win for everyone.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 16, 2:25 p.m.

    Forty dollars is a great price! Much better than dumping poor animals like trash.

  • proud-bleeding-heart Nov 16, 2:24 p.m.

    So glad this story is here. Some people don't know how horrific NC "shelters" can be.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 2:19 p.m.

    " We need stricter laws regarding pet ownership !"---scarlett2

    I have to say that this is the most ignorant statement I have seen. Has anyone even bothered to try to figure out why there are so many animals being brought to this shelter.........?

  • anne53ozzy Nov 16, 2:00 p.m.

    Last note from me...you can neuter for 40.00 if you are not emloyed or or little means...call SNAP or see my other mails on this subject.

  • scarlett2 Nov 16, 1:57 p.m.

    SNAP is a great option but it is not always available in the poorest of NC counties. Most people have to use a vet and the costs at private vets can be over $150. When families cannot afford a vet, their animals multiply and they dump the litters at shelters or along road ways. I live in a rural area and we constantly find dumped pets here. People also dump their pets when they cannot afford the annual pet ownership fees.

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 16, 1:55 p.m.

    Here are the #'s for SNAP.. I have had a dog and 2 kittens treated by them and they were great in terms of care and follow up. 919-783-7627 or 919-553-1705. You can co online and find the schedules as well in your area.

    anyone want the foster care or adoption contact info? for actual children?

  • chattycat Nov 16, 1:53 p.m.

    are the #'s for SNAP.. I have had a dog and 2 kittens treated by them and they were great in terms of care and follow up. 919-783-7627 or 919-553-1705. You can co online and find the schedules as well in your area.

    anne53ozzy

    SNAP is wonderful. I foster kittens and SNAP does a far better spay that the private vet that we have used in the past.

  • scarlett2 Nov 16, 1:53 p.m.

    What most people do not know is...alot of animal shelters make money by selling the euthanized animals to "research facilities". Look it up on the internet, there are numerous shelters in NC that keep freezers for cats. There is even one such "research facility" in Raleigh. Numerous states sells euthanized animals by the ton for use as animal byproducts for
    pet food companies. Wake up people, when you don't spay/neuter your pets, this is what happens to them. People think that animal shelters are "warm and fuzzy loving care facilities" but they are not. Many shelters have no heat or air conditioning and are open to the elements. Animals who are sick or injured receive absolutely no vet care whatsoever. I have seen dogs with broken legs and hips in facilities, their only hope for relief from the pain is death. I have petitioned the governor numerous times to do something about this horror in this state with no response whatsoever. We need stricter laws regarding pet ownership !

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 1:53 p.m.

    "wayneboyd, pregnancies have been terminated. Fetuses have been aborted. Babies have not been murdered."----storchheim

    fe·tus (fts)
    n. pl. fe·tus·es
    1. The unborn young of a viviparous vertebrate having a basic structural resemblance to the adult animal.
    2. In humans, the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to the moment of birth, as distinguished from the earlier embryo.

    Funny, I thought anything with a heartbeat was worthy of a chance at life........

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 1:51 p.m.

    Everyone on here that wonders why this shelter is still open - did you vote Steve Troxler back into office as the Commissioner of Ag? The NC Dept. of Ag oversees shelters and nothing is going to change with Troxler at the helm yet he will be there for 4 more years. We (NCVAW) tried hard to get Walter Smith elected because he cares about all animals, not just how to barely care for livestock so the farmers make more money."-----Karen - www.NCVAW.org

    Must be a pretty useless organization considering you have never even tried to get access to Mr. Troxler or discuss any kind of agenda with him. Perhaps a simple suggestion to bring this to his attention might actually get this issue known about and resolved in some satisfactory manner?

  • kimsstressed Nov 16, 1:51 p.m.

    I'll chime in with all the others recommending SNAP... They are WONDERFUL!!! And usually when you adopt from a shelter, you get an additional discount, I know that's true for Vance and Granville Counties... This would make a GREAT senior project, or project for the local high school FFA.... Teens have the energy and knowledge to start adoption websites, adoption events, etc.. Someone give them a little guidance and watch them get it done.. and again, ADOPT ADOPT ADOPT... I have added to my furry family twice in the past 3 months, BOTH shelter cats, both extremely loved!!!

  • JDAmbrosio Nov 16, 1:48 p.m.

    This is so sad. Meanwhile, where a friend of mine works there are stray cats - so they try to find them homes and when they can't, they try to take the cats to the spay clinic to get them fixed (or neutered if the kittens are boys). It's sad that people still let their cats roam around, let alone let them roam when they're not fixed. Sad that so many animals have to be killed because of irresponsible people!

  • zenonx6 Nov 16, 1:46 p.m.

    And the less they spend on the animals the more they can divide up in their pockets. Sounds like the place needs lookin into to me.......................

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 1:37 p.m.

    "CPR - what would help with adoptions is the do-gooder, holier than thou rescue groups would come down off their high and mighty soap boxes and think about what would be best for the animals; if the shelter would let people adopt instead of giving all the good animals to the rescue groups; if people would start looking at pets as animals and not humans."----JAT

    As someone who has dealt with some animal rescue groups I can honestly say that some of these animals are better off here than there. At least at this place the suffering ends quickly.

  • storchheim Nov 16, 1:33 p.m.

    wayneboyd, pregnancies have been terminated. Fetuses have been aborted. Babies have not been murdered.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 16, 1:32 p.m.

    Here are the #'s for SNAP.. I have had a dog and 2 kittens treated by them and they were great in terms of care and follow up. 919-783-7627 or 919-553-1705. You can co online and find the schedules as well in your area.

  • Damien Thorne Nov 16, 1:31 p.m.

    "Sickening.

    People that have pets that are not spayed/nuetured should be severely fined. How much revenue could be raised by simple legislation? How many lives could be saved?"---djhartm

    I know you mean people that turn their animals loose? I am sure you are not referring to responsible pet owners that do not spay/neuter?

  • anne53ozzy Nov 16, 1:24 p.m.

    SNAP! This Spay Neuter Assistance is there for all. Please use it and spread the word. Call your vet or the local shelter or look it up on your computer....

  • djhartm Nov 16, 1:14 p.m.

    Sickening.

    People that have pets that are not spayed/nuetured should be severely fined. How much revenue could be raised by simple legislation? How many lives could be saved?

  • anne53ozzy Nov 16, 1:07 p.m.

    I just called the newsroom re: SNAP. Everyone in this state needs to be made aware that this program is available to all no matter what your financials are. In additon, there should be a major outreach to the disadvantaged so they know they can keep their pets and stop this killing.

  • HereswhatIthink Nov 16, 1:02 p.m.

    Can we get an update since the piece aired last night. Have any been adopted today? How many are left and still in need?
    No excuse for not feeding these animals over the weekend! The person that duct taped that dog should face animal cruelty charges if found. Set up a reward.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 16, 12:57 p.m.

    Do people in this area know about the spay-neuter assistance program? SNAP will assist at a low cost in this problem and administers vaccinations as well. WRAL should make this known.

  • Fireflies Rock Nov 16, 12:51 p.m.

    deplorable. I guess people should now know never to bring animals they find to this shelter. They have a better chance on their own.

  • emerald7575 Nov 16, 12:47 p.m.

    And the problem with this action is?

  • speak-n-up Nov 16, 12:46 p.m.

    I agree with CPR1010 -- gives lots of good ideas to help the animals.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 16, 12:46 p.m.

    the real shame is, they could use many of these animals as a food source.

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