"The state does not have a true definition of what ‘no-kill' is," said Eve Roser, the former volunteer coordinator with the Davidson County Animal Shelter and the founder of the Eve Roser Animal Rescue.
said the National Humane Society
and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals say that a legitimate rescue, "no-kill" facility will "turn away any animal that you knowingly cannot find a home for.You would guide that individual to wherever they should go."
The bottom line, Roser
said, is to ask why would people go to BARK
and pay to leave an animal when a call to animal control could have the animal picked up and delivered to the county shelter free of charge.
"What would be the reason?"she
asked."Because they believe that ‘no-kill' means that."
Technically, "what Ann is doing is not illegal," Roser
does question the tremendous number of animals killed.She
questions how many of those animals were healthy, adoptable animals or ones that would have made suitable companions.
"You can't tell anyone there were 5,077 vicious, aggressive, sick animals," she
also said, as a licensed animal rescue shelter, Banks is obligated to provide regular veterinary care for the animals under her care and points out that it is against the law to knowingly adopt out a sick animal.
has heard "so many horror stories, all affiliated with BARK," that she
knows - and has proof - that "regular veterinary care" is not being provided.
A veterinary technician with whom Roser
deals regularly, Amy Knable, paid $40 to adopt two kittens from BARK
"She (Banks) knowingly adopted out a sick animal," Roser
also suggested that a review of the 911 Center's event log documents in "Ann's own words describing what needs to be picked up."Calls for animal pick-up are dispatched through the county's 911 Center.These animals are then taken to the animal shelter.
Fifty-five pages of recorded calls shows that more than 400 calls were made for animal pick-up from May 1999 to this week at BARK
.There are countless calls for animal control to pick up sick cats, dogs, puppies and kittens, more than one animal at a time, and/or vicious, aggressive dogs.
Other calls are more specific.
The group has been with BARK
since its eviction from its previous location in High Point, Roser
In the middle of all this controversy is the Davidson County Animal Shelter, which is under the direction of the Sheriff's Office.
said Banks made a conscious choice.
has the option of putting those animals in the general population area," Roser
said."By saying they're sick or aggressive, it eliminates the option of adoption."
Wood also indicated that despite the animal shelter's reputation for euthanizing stray animals, she
, Varner and their volunteers "work hard to get these little critters a home."This includes spaying/neutering and all current shots.
added, they are candid with owners about the likelihood of an animal being adopted.