White Oak animal shelter cited for record-keeping failures
The state dog warden cited White Oak Animal Safe Haven for failure to keep proper kennel records.
The animal shelter failed to maintain kennel records complete with dog information as per state dog law, Allegheny County dog warden Steve Stoehr said in the citation filed last week.
He said kennel records were missing for four dogs.
“We have never been cited,” animal shelter president Ina Jean Marton said. “We've had a perfect record until this particular time frame when the officer manager failed to keep the proper records.”
“What she's being cited for is keeping inaccurate records of the month that I left,” former shelter business manager Frank Sabolcik said. “For the four dogs in question, her records do not match Ken Ferree's. Ferree's records show them as being euthanized and her records show them not existing. Records up to Sept. 7 were all kept track of. We have been inspected and passed with flying colors up to this point.”
“I didn't euthanize these dogs,” Marton said. “The office manager brought them in when he knew one already bit the neighbor. I cannot have this in the shelter. I had them removed from the shelter and wherever they went with Ken Ferree, I don't know. He's the only one I can call here for animal control. Even though I have a no-kill shelter, I'm allowed to remove dogs. I never had any biting dog in my shelter until all this. I have to put the safety of the people first.”
White Oak Animal Safe Haven claims to be a no-kill animal shelter.
“A no-kill shelter does mean ‘no kill' as far as animals that are adoptable,” Marton said. “We're giving them another life and a chance to live again. These four dogs were not adoptable so I've had them removed.”
As far as records, she said she can't access the shelter's computers at this time and a dog log book is missing.
“It's very clear what animal control does,” Ferree said. “We've never hidden the fact that dogs are put down.”
He said his McKeesport animal control facilities were “surprise audited” by the state a little more than a week ago.
“We were ordered to produce all records,” Ferree said. “They want to see disposal and intake records. They made copies of our records and they abruptly left.”
No citations were filed against Ferree Kennels.
Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media
. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- NFL parity makes playoff chase a multi-team muddle
- Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case
- LaBar: Timing perfect for Sting’s debut at WWE’s Survivor Series
- Small retailers at intersection of social networks, foot traffic
- Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North
- Charity wants donors to knit and purl for animal shelters
- Pirates trade Davis to A’s for international signing bonus money
- CT scans can find smokers’ lung cancer early
- Time capsule salutes 250 years for Fort Pitt Block House
- Inching closer to return, Pitt’s Wright could boost defense
- Iraqi family, torn apart for opposing Saddam, reunites in Pittsburgh