Changes coming to the Pitt County Animal Shelter - WNCT

Changes coming to the Pitt County Animal Shelter

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The Pitt County Animal Shelter becomes the latest in eastern North Carolina to receive a bad inspection from the North Carolina Veterinary Division of Animal Welfare.
     
It's forced them to shut down part of the shelter and not take in as many animals.  

9 On Your Side talked to Pitt County Animal Shelter Director Michelle Whaley to find out if inspections are getting harder to pass or are shelters ignoring the problem?
     
Whaley said it's a matter of money.

In February, the Pitt County Animal Shelter got a bad inspection. But Whaley said it wasn't entirely unexpected.
     
She said renovations to the older part of the shelter have been long overdue, but limited funding forced them to make cheap fixes instead of tackling the whole section.
     
It's a problem facing animal shelters across the state when county budgets are shrinking.     
     
Fortunately, for the Pitt County Animal Shelter, a failed inspection sped up the renovation process, forcing the county to give the shelter $30,000 to fix the problem.

Whaley said the renovations will take until June 30th.
     
During that time the shelter is working with limited space for animals surrendered by their owners.
     
To help  make space, the shelter is also offering a reduced rate for adult dog adoptions.

 

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