To the Editor,
I am writing about my recent experience with the Robeson County Animal Shelter. On the night of Oct. 3, one of my dogs got out of our fenced-in yard. She went a half-mile up the road, where another dog is and both dogs are female and spayed. By 9:20 a.m. Oct. 4, she and the other dog were picked up by the shelter.
On Oct. 6 when I return home from work there was a message on my machine from the shelter that they had my dog, which is 48 hours from the time she was picked up. It is after hours at this time so at 8 a.m. on Oct. 7, I went to see about getting the dogs back. I was informed that my dog had been there 72 hours and was available for adoption and that a lady was getting her.
I got the rabies certificate and left my home in Orrum and went to the shelter. I asked why it took 48 hours to notify me that they had my dog. I was told they did not see a collar. My dog has a fluorescent orange color with our name and phone number.
I hate to know that peoples animals will be adopted by someone else before you can find out where they are.
I knew I would have to pay to get my dog but they need to work on the math. She was there 72 hours (3 days) and I had to pay for 4 days. If that extra money will feed another dog until they put it down, then that is OK.
All my dogs and cats but two I have rescued either off the side of the road. The shelter says they are trying to help these animals and I am sure that some get adopted out to good homes. But what about the ones they destroy and throw across the road in the landfill?
I have supported the local shelter but after this I will just send my money to the Humane Society of the U.S.