Tensions rise between county, city and human society

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) — Tensions are at a breaking point over the future of a local animal shelter.

Raleigh County recently hired a Colorado firm to investigate whether a new animal sanctuary is needed in the area and, according to Commission Pres. Dave Tolliver, the Raleigh County Humane Society declined to provide data.

While Tolliver said the county needs an alternative if the shelter continues to refuse animals, he said no decision has been made about what happens to animals that cannot be adopted.

“No kill is a misconception,” Tolliver said. “We have had meetings and they do, in certain situations, euthanize animals. They want us to say right away that if we build a shelter, we won’t kill. We’re not going to do that until we sit down with the city and county and ask, do we keep a dog in a crate for a year? »

He said the problems started with the shelter refusing animals brought in by Raleigh County Animal Control. While Tolliver said the county lacked options to place them, the shelter executive. Real. Brett Kees said they weren’t going to take on overcapacity animals. He said keeping a big dog in a small crate for a long time rises to the level of animal cruelty.

Instead of building a new shelter, Kees said he would like to see new prescriptions on the books to encourage better spaying and sterilization practices.

“I will help in any way I can if they want to come up with sterilization and sterilization laws, ordinances, and enforce things. It will cost less than building a new shelter. But if they want to build a new shelter, I don’t help. I do not provide data. And I do not give access to the site.

Kees said the humane society regularly applies for grants to help future pet owners with costs, but wants the county to do the same.

“If we had other people on board, like the city and the county, we could solve this problem in three or four years,” he said.

Meanwhile, if the city and county move forward with a new shelter, Tolliver said it would be located at the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority.

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