11:40 AM EDT, November 1, 2012
The Roanoke Valley SPCA is parting ways with the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection -- or pound.
The president of the SPCA, Barbara Dalhouse, says given public confusion over the current arrangement, it would be best for the organization to focus on its mission -- improving the lives of animals in our area.
Over the next few months, city governments from surrounding municipalities will work to establish a new board.
Dalhouse says the decision to separate was mutual and there will be many benefits: The pound will have expanded hours on Sundays and better medical care thanks to a new veterinarian and additional staff.
Dalhouse says the public won't be as confused about which agency does what. “For years now, Bryce, there has been such confusion in the public about SPCA is no-kill but the pound is--they do euthanasia over there so what gives here? So this will help clear that up,” she said.
We're told the transition could take several months. The pound will be owned and operated by the city of Roanoke, Roanoke and Botetourt Counties and the town of Vinton.
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