The latest surprise inspection of the Surry County Animal Shelter yielded a “disapproved” rating, but officials say that most of the issues discovered have been mitigated.
The inspection was conducted on April 26 by the animal welfare section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
In her report, inspector Lindsey Lloyd found several issues with the local facilities that were “not acceptable.”
These included a kennel door in need of repair, rust on doors in the cat room and cracks in the facility’s floor.
The local shelter was also given a “not acceptable” rating for damaged gates on two kennel doors and one kennel not being escape-proof.
Floors and walls peeling at the Dobson shelter also resulted in a “not acceptable” rating.
Other issues dealt with sanitation and animal care, according to the inspection report.
Three cat enclosures were found without litter boxes, and five animals were discovered that lacked current rabies vaccinations.
One dog, a coon hound, was “found appearing to be severely emaciated and thin,” with an “injured tail that (was) bleeding.”
The blood, which the inspector noted was “a sufficient amount,” was found on the walls and floor of the kennel as well as on the dog itself, according to the report.
“Records indicate that the dog arrived at this facility on (April 2). Upon review of this facility’s program of veterinary care, the contract veterinarian should be contacted and his/her recommendation followed pertaining to this animal’s health,” Lloyd reported.
She said the animal was in need of “immediate veterinary care within 24 hours.”
Lloyd allowed the shelter 60 days to take care of the problems, and a spokesman for the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, which oversees shelter operations, said most of the problems were corrected immediately.
“The inspection report did reflect a disapproval, but they gave us 60 days to come into compliance,” said spokesman Thomas Williams. “At the present time, all of the points in question have been corrected with the exception of those things that require capital improvements to the shelter itself. Those are going to take a little time.”
Williams said the issue is money.
“This is a quirky time due to the ongoing budget process,” he said, noting that next year’s budget, which begins on July 1, is yet to be approved. “We’re going to be asking for a little bit of additional time to take care of those issues.”
He said that county officials have been working with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services since the inspection.
“They have been very understanding and cooperative to work with, so I believe we’ll be able to to remedy this situation as quickly as possible,” Williams said.
According to Williams, the report won’t have any negative impact on the shelter’s operation.
“We don’t see any major problems going forward,” he said. “Every thing we could correct in a timely manner has been corrected.”
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