Closings and delays

Changes at the Davidson County Animal Shelter

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- The Davidson County Animal Shelter is a lot less crowded and much cleaner than it was just a few months ago.

The shelter is now under the control of the county and has come a long way in the past four months since no longer being run by the nonprofit United Animal Coalition.

The state revoked the nonprofit's licenses to run Davidson and Guilford counties' animal shelters after dozens of allegations of animal cruelty and neglect.

"There were animals here well over the population that this building could stand and it started to show,” said Casey Smith, assistant county manager. “We started to have break downs in our HVAC systems, smells."

Worst of all, Smith says many of the animals were sick.

“You had a very contagious virus set in with the cat population at that time," he said.

But Smith says much of that has now changed.

The shelter recently got two good reviews from the state department of agriculture and department of health.

They also just hired a volunteer and program coordinator who helps organize adoption fairs and works with rescue groups.

The number of animals who have left the shelter through adoption and rescues has gone up from 25 percent in September to 39 percent in November.

"It's been a hard road to get there, but we've got there," Smith said.

Smith says the county is also looking into forming an animal advisory committee in February.