According to a December 16 report by WSOCTV News, the Lincoln County Animal Services shelter has been accessed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The shelter now faces a civil penalty of $7,500 after several violations were discovered dating from March to October 2015.
A total of 216 cats and dogs were found dead inside their kennels and cages at the Lincolnton, North Carolina facility. Animal Control Director David Workman said the animals succumbed to a fast spreading respiratory disease. However, WSOCTV News investigated the matter further and found most of the fine was for failure to seek help from a veterinarian, failure to provide medication, cages not cleaned and animals not fed twice daily is what made up the majority of the violations.
Workman defended the Lincolnton shelter saying it’s overcrowded and he and the staff had been trying hard to find homes for all of the animals instead of euthanizing them. Sunday hours were short at the shelter, where someone was on site only four hours. Workman says they’re doing their best to improve the shelter, including a written protocol from a veterinarian on what to do when an animal there gets sick. Sunday hours have also been extended so puppies and kittens are fed twice daily. Workman stated
“We are doing our best here. We put a lot of new policies and procedures that we now have in place now as far medication administration.”
The review of the animal records in 2015 detailing the dead animals:
March: Two cats found dead in kennels
April: Three cats, one dog found dead in kennels
May: 22 cats, one dog found dead in kennels
June: 27 cats found dead in kennels
July: 20 cats, three dogs found dead in kennels
August: 39 cats, five dogs found dead in kennels
September: 50 cats, six dogs found dead in kennels
October 1-27: 37 cats found dead in kennels
Fines for the Lincolnton shelter include:
$500 for failure to keep proper records
$500 for failure to feed young kittens and puppies twice daily
$500 for failure to clean kennels and cages twice daily
$5,000 for failure to obtain and follow a veterinarians recommendations for disease
$1,000 for failure to provide adequate medical care
Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins received a letter December 8 from the NCDA’s Animal Welfare Section stating the shelter is being fined $7,500. This stemmed from an October 21 complaint received by the NCDA concerning the shelter.The shelter will have 60 days to pay the fine or file an appeal.
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