"No Kill" shelter heading to Cabarrus County?

Published: Jul. 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM EDT
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CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Is a "no-kill" animal shelter in the plans for Cabarrus County?

The Cabarrus County Commission has agreed to study the idea.  This comes after dozens of people attended a commission meeting this week demanding that the commission take action to reform the Animal Control practices in Cabarrus County.

8 out of 10 of the dogs in the animal shelter in Cabarrus County won't be alive in a few days if the county's average holds true.

"What we found out was very disturbing," Jeff Daniels told WBTV.   "We're killing 80% of the animals that walk through the doors."

Jeff Daniels was known as the owner of Bella, the pit bull killed by animal control after she got loose in the neighborhood.

Now Daniels and dozens of supporters are turning their attention to saving animals at the shelter, and some county leaders are also interested and asking questions.

"What is our ultimate goal?" asked Commissioner Grace Mynatt.  "What are the increments? What are the costs?"

Animal control officers told WBTV today that putting animals to sleep is the worst part of their jobs and they would be willing to consider options like the no-kill shelter, or anything that would result in fewer animals being put to death.

"They kill hundreds of animals every week, by the gas chamber no less, yet the doors are not open to the public from our own animal shelter or local rescue groups," Daniels added.

Adoptions are offered through the Humane Society.

No-kill shelters typically rely on volunteers to serve as foster parents for animals until permanent homes can be found through the adoption program.

"This is gong to take a lot of volunteer work and a lot of volunteer funding," added Commissioner Mynatt.

The plan now is to look at the options and talk to animal rescue groups to see if there is a way to save more lives at the shelter.

The county's Animal Preservation and Advisory Committee is meeting Wednesday night to discuss how the county plans to move forward. There is not timetable yet on what action may be decided on for the future.

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