Robeson County adopts two new shelter policies is reporting officials in Robeson County, NC have adopted two new operational policies for the animal shelter.

A – Interested parties who wish to adopt a homeless pet there will have 48 hours, past the manditory 72-hour holding period, before the pet is scheduled for euthanasia.

B – In October, the county will mandate the spaying of all female pets adopted through the shelter.

The Robesonian is reporting the policy on reserving a pet for adoption in the 48-hour window goes beyond a recent ruling by a judge, requiring a fax to place hold on a potential adoption. The new sytem will allow e-mails as well – and requires the staff and the adopters to confirm the reservation.

Its a step in the right direction. But this facility still needs to end the system of holding half of its kennels open as part of its cleaning operation. And there are still too many pets dying in this facility, too quickly.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sherry caruthers on May 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I still feel this shelter needs new management.


  2. Posted by nokillleecounty on June 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    An email was forwarded to me that included these comments from William Smith, Robeson County’s Health Director:
    “For LHD’s with animal control. As some of you know, we have been in court about various animal control activities. While the state law notes the actions or periods of holding (72 hours), adopting (unspecified length of time), fostering and euthanizing, the court has recognized reserving. Yes, much like layaways at JC Penney’s you can now place your animal on reserve for future pickup. The attached policy is our way of overkill on the subject. Incidentally our shelter plan was just returned as, like in the past, it did not specify vet care which is now being required for all animals…..The similarities with the jail are amazing. I guess we’ll have to control costs like they do by placing animals on personal recognizance bonds so we don’t incur huge medical/vet bills.”

    Sounds like someone who cares needs to replace this guy.


  3. Posted by Yoggy Meroni on June 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    When the county mandate the spaying of all female pets adopted, what will happen to the female pets which cannot be spayed? I fear that it will mean a death sentence for all pregnant dogs and cats and all female puppies and kittens in the shelter.


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