Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County SPCA took 14 dogs this week from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Troy, which has the highest kill rate in North Carolina. The nonprofit said it can take in dogs and cats to help them get adopted, but the shelter needs state lawmaker intervention to fix the problem.
A WRAL investigation last month revealed that the shelter euthanized nearly 1,200 animals – 100 percent of cats and 98 percent of dogs – brought there last year, according to state records. The shelter has also failed 11 of 14 state inspections for "deplorable" conditions.
Mondy Lamb with the SPCA of Wake County decided to help.
"We wanted to reach out to Montgomery County and get a handle on the problem first-hand," she said.
Lamb and her team visited the shelter and returned to Wake County with 14 animals to be put up for adoption. She described a complicated set of challenges in Montgomery County – a "have not" county with bare bones financial and community support, plus no real system to adopt out animals.
"Anyone who accuses them of simply not trying, it's simplistic. It's not understanding the problem, and it's actually offensive," she said.
After WRAL Investigates' story aired, viewers donated more than $2,000 to the Montgomery County Humane Society to help build an adoption center next to the shelter. But more money is needed to make that happen.
The SPCA and other groups are working to get more animals out of the Montgomery County shelter, but Lamb said a long-term solution will have to involve state lawmakers.
"By no means did what we did fix the problem," she said. "All we did was take 14 animals."
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Word of WRAL’s story has stirred up tremendous emotional reaction from the public. WRAL reached out to Montgomery County manager Matt Woodard and offered to help promote an adoption clinic for the animals. Instead, Woodard asked that people who want to help should coordinate through the Montgomery County Humane Society, either by donating money or adopting animals.
To adopt an animal from the SPCA of Wake County, visit their website at www.spcawake.org.
To help Montgomery County build an adoption center, make check payable to:
Montgomery County Humane Society
1150 Okeewemee Road
Troy, N.C. 27371
To learn more about spay and neuter programs:
Contact Penny Page with the veterinary division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture
To learn more about organizing and volunteer efforts:
Contact Kim Alboum with the Humane Society of the United States-North Carolina Chapter