Faulkner County, Arkansas – Two days ago, information was released about a raid on property in Arkansas in which several dogs were discovered dead – others rescued from deplorable conditions.
I shared the story with my readers – locally, KATV shared the information with their viewers.
But a swirl of controversy emerged with the news of the dogs who were seized in the raid.
The focus no longer on dogs who were alleged to be part of a dog-fighting operation…instead, on the rescue who took them in.
The primary points of contention appear to be that the Faulkner County SPCA is not truly “no-kill” and that they are not a verified 501(c)3 organization.
According to the Faulkner County SPCA, they are registered with the state as a non-profit, and the paperwork for the 501(c)3 status has been filed and is still being processed.
As for the no-kill, the rescue has stated that they do not kill for space, but they do for health issues.
Those who are against the allocation of donations for this rescue point to the ramshackle shelter facility for the animals and the minimal number of people who are caring for a high number of animals.
As the tension grows and allegations fly, a larger question looms.
If the conditions at the shelter are less than ideal, if the shelter is indeed under-manned, if there are too many dogs and cats to properly care for – what should be done?
If there needs to be greater accountability for this facility, who is able to step in to take on the task?
Where should those who animals who are being held at the Faulkner County SPCA be moved to?
What is the best course of action?
I, unfortunately, do not have the answers to these questions.
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