MOUNT VERNON — The old dog pound, now used by the Knox County Humane Society, needs repairs and the cat building parking lot is plagued by potholes, humane society representatives told the county commissioners Monday afternoon.
The county still owns the old pound, and leases the building to the humane society.
Society President Randy White said the roof “probably just needs to be sealed,” but it needs to be looked at, and the potholes in the lot have become impossible to avoid.
Director Tina Ballentine said there is no hot water pressure in the sink at the old pound, which means they cannot adequately clean the building and keep the dogs healthy.
She also said gravel from the parking area has been building up near the cat shelter’s heating and air conditioning unit, causing a problem with standing water
Ballentine told the commissioners they need to know what repairs are the society’s responsibility and what the county will do. She explained that the society is in a tight budget situation do to a drop in revenue from its fundraising events and it may have to end its open-door policy with regard to accepting stray cats.
She said the society took in 5,334 cats last year and that they had agreed to maintain that open-door policy, but they won’t be able to sustain that without help.
After checking records, the commissioners found that the roof had been replaced in 2008, which means it should still be under warranty. President Allen Stockberger said the county will contact the contractor about the roof.
On the hot water pressure, the county will have a maintenance man check the sink to try to determine what needs to be done and the county engineers office will be consulted about the lot situation.
Ballentine said they are working on fundraising efforts, including restoring some events that were missed last year and planning a couple new events.
White said the numbers of bingo players at the regular Thursday and Sunday games at the AMVETS hall have remained steady, but the sales of instant tickets are down. Those, he said, have been their best money-producers.
Ballentine said asking people to pay a surrender fee on cats they bring in doesn’t work because people will just say it’s not their cat or they won’t bring them in.
Also, she said, if they require a surrender fee for cats, or turn them away, people will start calling the county to complain.
“Once kitten season comes in early spring, it will be too late to make decisions,” she said.
“We’ll do what we can. We’ll let you know what we find out,” Commissioner Roger Reed said.