LETTER: Needs for animals

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

Dear Editor:

Recently, The Courier printed a well-written editorial concerning the present animal shelter for Rutherford County and its needs. Over the years, I have rescued several animals from there and have been well-pleased.

The present capacity is 66 dogs and 20-30 cats. To care for these are three sheriff's deputies and some part-time help.

After discussing this with the folks there, what is needed is more space, a larger facility and a full-time manager and a part-time secretary.

Land needs would amount to no more than two to three acres.

Blue prints for a new building have already been completed. They might be slightly revised to comply with government regulations.

The present facility is at the end of Laurel Hill Road in Rutherfordton.

A much better location, in my mind, would be a small area of the Daniel Rd. property, already owned by the county. This would make the shelter more available to Forest City and all people north, east and south of Forest City. 

Presently, the animals are cared for 72 hours. After that, if there is no more room, they are eliminated. No change can be made unless condoned by the county commissioners, after evaluating needs and costs. 

I would urge any citizens and every commissioner to visit the present shelter.

I fervently believe that Rutherford County can do better.

Shelter phone: (828) 287-6025; hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.(not on Thursday). 

Commissioners: Bill Eckler, (828) 287-8724;  Greg Lovelace,(828) 287-6045; Eddie Holland, (828) 657-9253; Roger (Bo) Richard, (828) 453-4271; Julius R. Owens, (828) 286-4271.

The commissioners are welcome to visit before the November elections.


Bob and Elaine Harding