Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 3, 2013

Don’t blame no-kills for overcrowding

— — This letter is addressing the issue of the overcrowding at the Mercer County Animal Shelter. (Mercer County Commissioner) Gene Buckner seems to think it is the fault of “neighboring no-kill shelters” that this is happening. He stated that they were taking in “three shelters’ overflow.” This is ridiculous. Where are these three shelters? Other counties do not take other animals and all Mercer County has to do is say “No!”

Our no-kill shelter is not state or county controlled or funded, so we cannot take in everything as we do not have money, room or personnel to handle it. It is also illegal for a Mercer County animal to cross the state line and come to a shelter in Virginia. The Pet Haven Rescue Center does not take in owned or stray dogs as we can’t by law and because of the above-mentioned reasons. We are a rescue center and all of our dogs are taken out of kill shelters when we have the room and money.

The main reason the shelter in Mercer County is overflowing is because of a lack of owner responsibility. Spaying and neutering is one way to cut down on the animals coming in. Mr. Buckner needs to stop making excuses and blaming others.

Debby Smith

Director of the Pet Haven Rescue Center, Inc.

Falls Mills, Va.

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