Despite new complaints, tour shows good conditions at Pender Co. Animal Shelter

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — In these dog days of summer, the Pender County Animal Shelter is still battling serious allegations. This time, critics have taken to Craigslist with their accusations.

In one posting, the anonymous author accuses the shelter of giving poor care to the animals and employees stealing items that have been donated for the animals.

Pender County Health Director Carolyn Moser has been overseeing the shelter since April while the county looks for a new shelter manager.

“Hearing a lot of these accusations from the public, I found out that they weren’t true at all,” Moser said.

Another posting says the shelter does nothing to promote the adoption of the animals, because it is lazy. It goes on to say some dogs have broken limbs and are covered in fleas and ticks.

“Every animal that comes into the shelter receives flea and tick medication,” Moser said. “They receive a rabies vaccination. They receive dewormer.”

We asked to tour the facility to see first-hand if the complaints were valid. What we found: clean kennels, no dogs itching as if they had fleas and none with broken limbs.

Moser says folks need to be informed before they make accusations.

“It’s unfortunate that folks seem to get on a subject and seem to stay there and enjoy spreading inaccurate information,” she said.

At their last meeting, Pender County Commissioners approved hiring a veterinarian to come in and check the animals every week.

Moser says adoptions are on hold this week while the animals get spayed or neutered.

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