NC 42 offers best location for new animal shelter

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Through minimal research, I learned it’s illegal to dispose of dead animal carcasses in all Wilson County’s landfills.

I spoke with Drew Hammonds, the eastern environmental program supervisor with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. The law requires landfills in which animal carcasses are disposed to have a liner to serve as a barrier and prevent seepage into the water. Presently, all animals are transported to Edgecombe County, from there to Williamston in Bertie County to that landfill. That is the nearest landfill that is legally lined in accordance with the law.

Apparently, very few people in Wilson County are aware of this process. The Wilson city and county governments have no collection process for dead animals. The powers that be assume citizens either pay a vet or bury bodies themselves. N.C. General Statute 106-403, disposition of dead domesticated animals, states in part; “The board of commissioners of each county shall designate some appropriate person whose duty it shall be to provide for the removal and disposal under this section, of any dead domesticated animals located within the limits of the county, but without the limits of any municipality when the owner of the animals cannot be determined.”

There seems to be an abundance of misinformation around town regarding the N.C. 42 location for the new animal shelter. It is illegal to have farm animals, horses etc. within the city limits. Placing the shelter on Airport Road location won’t accommodate all the animals for which it will be needed.

It’s very important to inform the community of all the other benefits of the N.C. 42 location. This donated county land has many of the needed amenities in place already. That will reduce the building costs and this location has the capacity to accommodate all animals, not just the domestic ones. With the large number of horses in this area, isn’t it important to have a place for them when their lives are at risk or over?

Sara Lima