EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMeeting Held To Discuss Conditions At Kanawha Shelter
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 26, 2013 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 26, 2013 11:34 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Kanawha-Charleston animal shelter held a meeting Thursday night and the hot topic was the condition of the shelter and the animals.
New members were introduced to the animal shelter's board earlier this month and, with new members, came a promise of new conditions, not only the shelter itself but for the animals’ health as well.
But the public said the animals are not much better off.
“You just look in their eyes and they look sick,” Stephanie Barnett, of Paint Creek, said. “It's just sad and something has to be done."
Barnett has adopted dogs from the animal shelter for years.
In recent months, the shelter has been plagued with illnesses. Right now, volunteers at the shelter say many of the animals are suffering from upper respiratory infections.
And while they are attempting to fix the problem, it was too late for Barnett's dog, Lady.
"It started out with a kennel cough, then it went on to an upper respiratory infection and the vet said it led to distemper,” Barnett said. “When I called to tell them that she was still sick and wasn't getting any better after two trips the vet, they said that I could bring her back and exchange her for another dog, like she was a car or something."
On Thursday, the shelter's board met to discuss the changes in the shelter so far and what still needs to be done.
The shelter has hired five new people and said volunteers continue to help out.
Shannon Pauley from Meow Cat Rescue pulls cats from the shelter to foster or adopt out.
She said while there are improvements, more needs to be done.
“They need to start vaccinating as soon as they hit the door,” Pauley said. “Which I know they say they're starting this week. I haven't seen that as of yet. I pulled 12 cats, as of last week, and, of the 12, 10 had not been vaccinated per their records."
While the board adjusts to new board members and leaders, they must also find a way to hold up their end of the bargain to make the shelter better.
And the public has mixed expectations.
"I have hope,” Pauley said. “I think the public needs to become involved. I think the public needs to know what's happening and they need to show support."
Barnett also offered her thoughts.
"You know they bring them to the shelter to get them off the streets and find them homes, but yet they send them out with a death wish, basically," she said.
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