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Upshur and Lewis County Animal Control Center Gets High Marks
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on January 23, 2014 @ 6:18PM
Created on January 23, 2014 @ 3:43PM

The Upshur County Commission and the animal control facility in their area met Thursday to talk about the 2013 year in review.

The Upshur and Lewis County Animal Control Center got good marks across the board and they're hoping to continue that into this year.

This past year, they took in around 1,400 animals. Out of these, they were able to place around 63% of them back in homes. The facility was given a 100% approval rating after an unannounced visit from the state veterinarian.

The facility runs pictures of some of their animals to encourage adoptions every Wednesday in the Weston Democrat newspaper of Lewis County. They plan to do the same with Uphsur County's paper, The Record Delta.

"The veterinarian came unannounced, spent time at our shelter and gave it a 100% approval in terms of its hygiene, feed, medication and all the other factors that go into treating these animals in a humane matter. We are very proud of that," said JC Raffety, the Upshur County Commission President. 

The commission and the executive director of the shelter, Janella Cochran, will most likely meet again in another few months to keep progress going.

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Comments (3)
Jan 31, 2014 at 9:37 AM
that cat pic isn't even at that shelter anyone who has been there knows they don't have cages like that. Is there a reason you couldn't use actual shelter pictures?
Jan 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM
Yes please explain why so many animals are sick in this facility compared to other facilities? How many animals die in their on their own of illness and those animals aren't even counted as being euthanized. Many other shelter across the state don't have the illness like this shelter. I think someone really needs to spend some time in these places and really see what is going on.
Jan 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM
While they have "passed" the state inspection, the real story here is that they are killing 37% of the animals that come into the facilty. This is something to be ashamed of. They have much work to do to be proud of the work they do and save the lives of the over 500 animals that died in the animal shelter. The state veterinarian's inspection has nothing to do with the sad state of adoptions here. So let's stop patting ourselves on the back and get to work saving 500 more animals next time around!
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