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‘No-Kill’ Policy Still a Controversy

August 29th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Animal Shelter re-opened last week after being forced to close because of a virus outbreak. The shelter closed in mid-June to deal with the outbreak of both canine and feline virus. Operations and management at the Shelter has been a hot topic of debate for more than a year now- and the facility has undergone management and philosophical changes this year. In April, Karl Brubaker was hired as the new director- replacing Camille Carrico who abruptly resigned late last year amid controversy. Dick Devore, emergency management director, has been involved in the overall operation of the shelter for years- says that while the county has not adopted an official “no-kill” philosophy at the facility-  animals are not being euthanized at the same rate that has occurred in the past. The “no kill” philosophy is not uniamously endorsed. Peggy McDaniel, chair of the Animal Control Board, said at a recent meeting that no one wants to see animals put down unless absolutely necessary- however a “no kill” approach simply can’t work with the existing facilities…

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