EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSANIMAL SHELTER CONCERNS
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Leaders Of Animal Shelter Answer Questions
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Nov. 28, 2012 5:16 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 8:23 AM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
There are serious concerns coming out of the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter in Huntington.
The shelter's director and board members answered some questions regarding conditions and practices of the shelter.
Beverly O'dell, the former volunteer coordinator with the shelter is on a mission to make sure all the animals are taken care of properly. She took photographs of the inside of the shelter. One shows a dead mouse in a mop bucket, smeared feces on the floor and another is of a dead cat in a cage.
Cabell County Manager Chris Tatum says, "If you come in at 8:00 it looks that way. But, by 10:30 it won't look like that with this staff here."
O'dell says she'd like to a change in management, "If management isn't doing a job properly, the staff won't either. That means more disease will happen."
O'dell aired her concerns on Facebook a couple weeks ago after a sanitation worker found a live puppy in a trash bag when he picked up garbage at the shelter. The shelter director and board members say that is not uncommon. Chris Tatum said, "Veterinarians tell us when you're euthanizing a puppy and you don't hit a vein correctly because they're wiggling, it can take a while for the animal to die."
Tatum says shelter director Jim Cumm is one of two certified national animal control officers in West Virginia and that he's made outstanding progress in the past seven months.
Tatum says those changes include 48 new indoor kennels, hot water system, industrial sanitation for bowls, new exhausts to help stop the spread of disease and a laboratory microscope to help identify parasites. Last year, the shelter euthanized a little more than 6 thousand cats and dogs, this year, that number dropped to 17 hundred. A decrease in euthanization by two-thirds.
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