Still Dragging Their Paws

Pound puppies don't have the brightest future to look forward to at Page County Animal shelter.

With 25 to 30 new dogs coming in each week, it's hard for the animal control officers to distribute enough food and medicine for all the animals' needs.

Distant rescue groups help keep this shelter going, but assistance from the county has been scarce. Vice-Chairman Allen Cubbage shies away from the need for a brand new facility.

"I know some are urging for a new facility. It looks good and sounds great but without maintenance, the place will still not be in compliance," he said.

Cubbage said for the sake of taxpayers, shelter renovations and better-trained personnel would solve the problem. And with shelter policy allowing the euthanization of stray dogs after 14 days, Cubbage said the dogs don't need too much.

"After 10 days or so they'll be eliminated so of course we need a good facility but they don't need the Taj Mahal," he said.

The county has taken out an $180,000 loan for capital improvements and Cubbage said some of that is slated for the shelter. He hopes the board will make a decision whether or not to expand the current facility or build a new one by the end of this month.

A state humane investigation could speed up the process. Public animal facilities across Virginia will soon be fined for non-compliance with thousands of dollars per day issued in fees.

Poor animal control facilities are common throughout the state. Only about 10 of Virginia's 110 public shelters meet state requirements.

If you're interested in adopting a pet, contact the Page County Animal Shelter at (540) 778-2101.

50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

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