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"No-Kill" Fixation Causes Mistreatment of Animals at Humane Society, Say Former Employees

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Two former employees have sounded an alarm regarding conditions for animals at the Humane Society of Washington County. The two women stated this week that concerns for health and safety of the animals were ignored when the facility decided to become “No Kill.”

“They mistreated animals, adopted out sick animals, and had a mass euthanization in one day,” the women told ABC7.

The decisions by new management that came on board in January 2013 was fixated on making the facility a “no-kill” shelter. The results – there were too many cats, many of them sick,” a former employee says.

Amanda Surber is now showing evidence of what she believes is cruelty to animals at the hands of those who are supposed to protect them.

Amanda is not alone in her claim, WJLA reports. At least two former employees are saying the humane society mistreated and adopted out sick animals.

One of those workers has filed suit saying she was wrongfully terminated when she refused to keep the shelter’s secrets.

For two-and-a-half years, Amanda Surber was an animal care technician at the Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Maryland. Then in January 2013, new management declared the intention to become a “No-Kill” shelter and did not consider the reality that “there were too many cats, many of them sick,” she told ABC7 reporters.

“The overcrowding, the best way to describe it, it looked like a concentration camp. The way they were stacked on top of each other, we would have five to six cats in a cage.”

Former volunteer Andrea Carroll says she witnessed the same conditions.

“Forty cats would be coming in every day. We had nowhere to put them. They’re sick; diseases were spreading that we can’t treat.”

Surber says the mistreatment ran the gamut from cats with infections and disease to, “in one case, more than 100 being euthanized in one day.”

“We had to go room to room to put these animals down. You can’t kill 130 animals in an hour and expect it to be humane,” she says.

“They did not have the welfare of the animals in mind. They were more concerned with getting the number of euthanasias down at whatever cost," Surber says.

Surber says she was then asked to sign a non-disclosure form. When she refused, she was fired.

ABC7 states that they were allowed “inside the society” to view the animal-adoption rooms, which were clean and not crowded.

Declining an on-camera statement, the Humane Society said, it denies the allegations and will defend itself in court, the station reported.

Source: WJLA