Rowan County’s animal shelter failed a state inspection on Aug. 23, mostly because of sanitation issues, the Salisbury Post reported.
County officials have suggested the issue is tied to its ability to adequately pay for operations and improvements to the shelter in recent years.
No penalty has been enforced by the state over the failed inspection, the Post said, but county officials were given seven days to come up with a corrective action plan. A follow-up inspection will also be conducted.
County commissioners Chairman Greg Edds said county staff and leaders are embarrassed by the failed state inspection.
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The inspection, he said, “refocuses us on asking the hard questions of why this happened and how this happened and what changes are being put in place to ensure it never happens again.”
Rowan’s shelter failed an inspection two years ago, the Post noted.