New Animal Shelter Law Takes Effect

A new state law is now in effect that aims to protect animals whose owners may be looking for them.

Any dogs or cats that show up at county animal shelter must be kept off the adoption block and kept alive for three days, to give owners a chance to find their missing pet. The state law say there are exception for animals that pose a danger to people.

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  • by JAL Location: NC on Jan 21, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    Well to "ME and BILL"...why didn't you have your animals get a vasectomy. At least they could enjoy the pleasures that you cruely made a decision to deprive them of.Wow,glad I am not your toy.
  • by you know what they say about assumeing on Jan 7, 2010 at 01:31 AM
    I think that their posts refers to the fact that they disagree with abortion and child neglect. Maybe you need to read these comments a little better.
  • by RC Location: ENC on Jan 6, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    I prefered to remain intact and have children with my wife. With all the woes and sorrows the great times have pulled us through. Isn't it inhumane to keep cats in side and never let them out. My neighbors have cats that remain inside always.It seems so cruel that a feline be caged up . It is so unlike it's natural characteristics.I am sure they love thier cats,but it seems my neighbors are satisfying some sort of greedy self-emotion.What about reptiles.Should they be sold as pets? Iguanas and other lizards and snakes. Why do people have to "possess" creatures that choose to be free.Isn't this a need people have more than the animals?
  • by To "ME" and BILL: Location: I ASSUME... on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:17 AM
    That BOTH of you don't have any children by blood and have adopted ALL/ANY children you have. If not, then stop being such hypocrites! My husband had a vasectomy 3 months after our wedding, knowing that if we decided to have kids, we'd adopt. SAME with ALL of our animals, which we have a lot of. To post such strong comments and not live your life by them is very interesting. Are your pets neutered? Up to date on vaccines, heartworm preventative, flea/tic control? Look in the mirror before you start looking at other individuals! Attempt to make a difference in society instead of just complaining and putting in your 2 cents. Have worked for Humane Society and have been working @ ER vet for over 11 years. I've NEVER lost any of my animals and I take them out every day (5 dogs) to socialize and train. My cats are strictly indoors. ALL my animals have been abandoned or asked to be euthanized, thank goodness they allowed me to adopt them instead! That includes my reptiles, sugar gliders, etc.
  • by Have worked for vet since 99 Location: SPAY/CASTRATE on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:05 AM
    If you are a pet owner, it is YOUR responsibilty to neuter your pet and get proper vaccines. In pitt co, it's ILLEGAL to adopt ANY animal (through AC or other private adoption places) without that animal being neutered. THAT is a start. Also illegal to tie dogs out. Almost EVERY town has "low cost" spay neuter clinics! IF you did some research, you would find that your pet has less health problems and lives longer when neutered. I'd LOVE to have a HUGE board up at the clinic to demonsrate the number of hit by car dogs/cats that come in and the ratio of neuterd vs not neutered. Also, TRAINING your pet (dog/cat) is YOUR responsibilty! It doesn't take much to figure out that if you don't want your pet biting you when they're mad, then DON'T allow them to bite you when they're not. Same with toys. Funny that puppy has your sock? Well $1,200 in vet bills for the sx removal and you're complaining about prices. Go to the feed store to waste $ on vacs and wonder why your pup gets parvo.
  • by Redic on Jan 6, 2010 at 12:03 AM
    Well I know that spaying an neutering can be expensive, but how about those who can't afford to do it just not be allowed to have a pet??? Of if they get a pet don't just put it outside because you dont want to take care of it anymore. They wouldn't do the same to their kids, or maybe they would
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 5, 2010 at 02:11 PM
    So people birth more children than they can afford care for and some people have more pets than they can afford to care for. Forget about using tax dollars to neuter your pets, responsibility, responsibility.
  • by Me Location: Williamston on Jan 5, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Bill I think of that also every time i see that commercial on TV.I would like to see the same thing put on tv for unborn babies.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    Does this mean they get euthanized after the three days?
  • by Bill Location: Robersonville on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    Whenever i see those commercials on TV about animals in those cages needing to be adopted, I t reminds me of all the human babies.
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