In an interview with the Times News, Cindy Holmes said she is excited and looking forward to working with the “amazing” volunteers from the community while focusing on their number one goal: the health and well-being of the animals in the shelter’s care.
Experts from the University of Tennessee’s School of Veterinary Medicine conducted onsite training to the facility’s six employees on Tuesday, with a focus on proper cleaning after Parvo and prevention steps to avoid future outbreaks.
The Sullivan County Animal Shelter in Blountville is tentatively expected to reopen Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
Animal Shelter of Sullivan County, Inc., a new, private nonprofit corporation, is expected to takeover operation of the county’s animal shelter later this year.
Formation of the board and several actions it took at an organizational meeting Friday are steps toward securing non-profit status.
Officials blame an outbreak of a feline disease with the decision to euthanize all the cats, about 50. Some animal advocates and volunteers for the shelter said they did not have to be euthanized and called for better written protocols and appointment of an experienced director.
Most members of the public who spoke during a work session last week told county commissioners they don’t want the county to again partner with the Kingsport-based group.
The action came as an attempt to stop an outbreak of feline panleukopenia, county officials said.
“If we don’t have some kind of program in place, we are contributing to our own problem,” Commissioner Angie Stanley said.
The list of things to be done now, to the much-maligned modular unit include: power-washing the exterior; painting the exterior; adding guttering; gutting the interior: and installing new floors and new partitions. Other outside work to be done includes: construction of ADA-compliant access to the unit’s entrance; the addition of underpinning; and enclosure of what is now an open area between the modular unit and the current front door of the shelter.
Sullivan County’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 will up “Rabies and Animal Control” account from $364,572 to $564,572. Half the $200,000 increase is projected to come from shelter-generated revenue.
The Sullivan County Animal Shelter’s $12-per-hour manager quit Tuesday after about 6.5 months on the job. The county is not soliciting resumes for a replacement at this time.
Sullivan County officials also are applying for a grant to build the county’s first dog park in Blountville — and they’re asking for the public’s help.
A day after several volunteers from the shelter addressed multiple concerns at the Sullivan County Commission, the shelter announced it is overrun with dogs and issued a “Red Alert” to spread the word among the public, volunteers and rescue groups. Kennels are currently full and the shelter can take in no more dogs.
County employees, from multiple departments, are working on some aspect of improving and maintaining the shelter every day — while also carrying out the duties of their regular jobs, Accounts and Budgets Director Larry Bailey said.