HALIFAX — An animal rights organization is threatening the Halifax County Animal Shelter with retaliation if changes in animal adoption procedures are not forthcoming.
A recent email from N.C. Advocate Jane Tzilvelis, of N.C. Abandoned and Homeless State Pets, threatened the county with consequences from the Humane Society of the United States.
“Perhaps, after the HSUS puts your shelter on the map to the public, you will consider allowing North Carolina taxpayers entrance into the Halifax County Animal Shelter,” she said in the email. “I heard you are the next shelter project on the HSUS list.”
According to Halifax County Manager Tony Brown, the county is working toward new procedures on animal adoption but must work within budget constraints.
Brown said the Halifax County Animal Shelter is compliant with all state laws and is working toward improved-adoption procedures.
“The animal shelter is well maintained and clean and we do the best we can with the resources we have,” Brown said. “We try to advocate for animals, but we can’t save them all. We are working on getting better at adoption procedures.”
Brown said the shelter does not handle its own animal adoptions.
The county works through Rainbow Animal Rescue — a no-kill, 501(c)(3) rescue organization that helps unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in North Carolina and the surrounding areas, according to its website, www.rainbowrescue.org.
“We foster pets in our homes until we can find loving ‘forever’ homes for them,” the site said.
The Halifax County Animal Shelter is located at 54 Dogpound Road in Halifax, and while the public cannot actively adopt pets from the pound at present, pet owners can pick up their confined animals by appointment by calling 252-583-6651.