NC fines Columbus County Animal Shelter

Published: Nov. 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM EST
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Columbus County Animal Shelter has been fined $1,000 by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture for apparent rules violations.

The fines stem from an inspection in September, which started from a complaint.  The state's inspector, Pat Sholar, found several issues with the shelter's building as well as the record keeping and veterinary care.

Sholar noted on September 7th that the puppy pen needed to be repainted.  When she did her follow up inspection, she noted that the pen had been repaired, but not repainted.

When investigating documents, Sholar found several records for animals that failed to document what veterinary care, if any, was provided to them in the shelter.  She also noted that the medication log was inaccurate, saying the log failed to adequately and accurately document the amount of medication administered to the animals.  In all, Scholar cited 10 examples of failure to provide veterinary care.

The shelter was cited for failing to fully document reasons for euthanizing animals before the state- mandated 72-hour waiting period.  Sholar noted that several records failed to adequately describe the nature of severity of the injury or illness an animal was suffering from, making it impossible to determine whether euthanizing the animal before the 72-hour period was justified to end the animal's suffering.

Read the full report here.

This is not the first time the shelter has been warned about problems with record keeping.  In June 2010, the state sent a warning notice to the shelter saying it could be in violation of state laws. The letter states that during an investigation, Sholar found a significant number of animal disposition records that were inaccurate or incomplete.  In her report, Sholar states that there were a significant number of records that show that animals in the shelter may have been euthanized before the end of the mandatory 72-hour waiting period.

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