Accusations against an Edinburg animal shelter are circulating on social media.
A video posted to Facebook shows a deceased dog and overcrowded kennels allegedly taking place at Palm Valley Animal Shelter.
“I can confirm that some of the video was taken here at our facility, specifically the one dog that was deceased, but I can’t confirm those other pictures,” said Executive Director of Palm Valley Animal Shelter Tom Ousley. “Those distempered dogs that were in the video–that was not taken here.”
Ousley tells CBS 4 News that a volunteer took the video when she came in early, before staff was able to clean the kennels that became dirty overnight.
“If you come at 9 o’clock in the morning, you will find kennels that are all dirty,” Ousley said. “On occasion, you will find a deceased animal, but what you will also find is all of our staff doing their job as well as they can, always improving.”
The video was taken to show to a veterinarian as part of an autopsy because the dog had no prior health issues, according to the shelter.
Ousley says as soon as staff arrives in the morning, the kennels are swept, mopped and disinfected. Ousley adds that animals are never abused by staff under any circumstances.
“They weren’t mistreated. If they die in our care, nine times out of 10, it’s because of what they came in with— maybe they came in malnourished or with an injury or some disease.”
Ousley says the real number is close to 60 a day.
In 2017, 32,000 dogs and cats were brought into the Palm Valley Animal Shelter.
Out of those animals, 10,000 were either adopted or returned to their owners, leaving 22,000 animals who died in care or were euthanized.
But with the increase of animals flooding in, Ousley says those numbers will get higher.
“This is not a luxury place. This is a place, unfortunately, where a large percentage of animals are going to get euthanized because of disease, behavior and over population,” said Ousley. “Every loss of life affects our stuff, affects us, because we’re here to try to save lives as much as possible.”
We reached out to several people who shared the video, but they declined to go on camera for an interview.
Every animal has it’s own record that’s logged online and will become available to the public next week, Ousley said.