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Pender Animal Shelter passes re-inspection; SBI asked to look into theft claims

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Holes in indoor k-9 kennels were repaired with metal; inspection found that 'not acceptable' Holes in indoor k-9 kennels were repaired with metal; inspection found that 'not acceptable'

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Pender County Animal Shelter passed their re-inspection on Monday after failing only two weeks ago.

On March 11, inspectors found several problems, including cats that were left in traps for several days with no kitty liter. During Monday's inspection, most of those issues had been fixed.

Inspectors still had a problem with the holes on the indoor dog kennels. Darlene Clewis, the shelter manager, told wect.com that those holes were from old water spouts which were removed several years ago. The holes were repaired with metal, but according to Monday's inspection report, that isn't acceptable:

The work is not acceptable in that the edges are sharp are more injurious to the dogs. At present, management has taken all kennels with these holes out of service.

County Manager, Mickey Duvall, says if approved by commissioners, new kennels will be included in next years budget. He says he is also hoping to add security cameras. The county manager says he has been working on adding security cameras for a while, but after claims were made during the March Commissioners meeting that items were being stolen from the shelter, he believes it's necessary.

"In the future it will help if there is theft going on out there, we will readily be able to identify it out there," said Duvall. The cameras will be discussed by commissioners during their next meeting.

Representatives with the State Bureau of Investigations say they have been asked by the Pender County Sheriff's Office to conduct a preliminary inquiry to see if a criminal investigation is warranted.

During the investigation, 10 cats and one dog were euthathanized.

According to the inspection, the shelter will be inspected again on April 25.

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