Page Pound Saga Continues

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

"You run your mouth, you lose your job," explains Sherrie Cornell.

She used to run Page County's Animal Shelter. She prided herself on a job well done, but says she was fired because of it.

That's the same fate former Shelter Manager Bill Galloway faced just a week ago. And Cornell says the county has forced other, well-qualified
shelter workers to quit.

"Everything was wrong. And if this much was happening in a small department, for God's sake, what's happening everywhere else, in other departments?" says Cornell.

Page County's administration has been in question before. But the animal shelter accusations are horrific. Galloway claims about 30 cats and at least 3 dogs were shot point blank in pet carriers.

"That's cruelty. You cannot do that," exclaims Cornell, spouting off the Virginia code that says euthanization must be done humanely by a vet.

"If you're going to enforce the laws, then you have to follow them yourself," she says.

County Administrator Billy Aleshire says to his knowledge the shelter is following the law. But he admits the facility is far from meeting state mandates.

Cornell says according to the law, the shelter needs a quarantine room. The floors need to be painted and cracks in the cement need to be repaired. No cats can be accepted unless another facility is provided for them and there's only supposed to be two dogs per cage.

"This needs to be taken care of. It was and is in the law books that it's $1,000 per violation per day," she says.

Those are heavy fines, but Cornell says they would push the county to take care of the pound's problems.

Aleshire says the county has set aside more than $180,000 to build a new animal shelter.

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