Las Vegas Animal Shelter ending its ‘low-kill’ policy – 1,000 euthanized

An animal shelters has just gone from low kill to high kill. This is due to an outbreak of parvovirus and some other nasty stuff which is due to mismanagement of the facility. The name of the facility is Lied Animal Foundation. Since last week, the shelter has euthanized 1,000 cats and dogs that had highly contagious diseases….

It was featured on CNN–

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — An outbreak of contagious diseases at a shelter where officials admit they kept animals for too long without destroying them has forced the killing of about 1,000 dogs and cats, officials said.

Visiting inspectors from The Humane Society of the United States discovered the outbreak of the diseases — distemper and Parvovirus in dogs and panleukopenia in cats — Lied Animal Shelter spokesman Mark Fierro said.

The mass culling, which began February 9, is believed to be the largest in the city’s history and has prompted shelter officials to change their methods of caring for animals.

Animal rights activists said they were outraged by the killings.

“It’s unforgivable in light of the fact that it was absolutely preventable,” said Holly Stoberski, legal counsel for Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary, a group that has worked with Lied to find homes for impounded animals.

“They were not properly vaccinating the dogs and cats in a timely manner.”

Shelter officials vowed to adopt new policies when it reopens Friday, including euthanizing animals after 72 hours at the shelter — as the Humane Society recommends — and improving conditions for the animals, including vaccinating them when they arrive.

Not all of the 1,000 animals were infected. Some were put down because they had gone unadopted for more than 120 days and were contributing to overcrowding that Humane Society officials said helped spread the diseases.

Lied Animal Shelter officials have said they did not realize animals were infected until the Humane Society team noticed animals with intestinal and respiratory problems.

The foundation contracts with Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas to handle abandoned, neglected and stray animals at Lied. The shelter annually adopts more than 7,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and other animals.

–What can you do?
1) Adopt a pet.
2) Donate.
Here is a link to the Vegas SPCA
http://nevadaspca.org/donate.htm

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One response to “Las Vegas Animal Shelter ending its ‘low-kill’ policy – 1,000 euthanized

  1. I used to work there and I could tell you horror stories you would never want to hear and has given me nightmares for th rest of my life.It is the employees fault entirely and the staff for hiring incompetant non english speaking people.We also had a lot of parolees working there who would beat the animals and were only there because no one else woud hire them.They would make bets on how long it would take a certain dog to “go down”(euthanize).Some times they would give smaller than directed doses to watch them struggle to hang on for life.This isn’t even the worst stuff.I could go on and on.All the employees and volunters know its abusive place.The founder would take the un fixed purebreds that they got it and sell them out of her house for hundreds of dollars or breed them to her Purebreeds and sell the pups for thousands of dollars.If ANYONE with authority did any research these people would be in jail an never able to own an animal again.Vaccinations were NEVER given to certain animals and the techs would say “oh-well we didn’t have time”.This was done intentional not accidental.They need to all be euthanized themselves.I witnessed all of this and more but I don’t want to scare anyone to much.

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