State rule threatens no-kill shelters in East Texas
Longview, TX — As more and more East Texas towns begin to consider no-kill animal shelters, an obscure state regulation may quash the movement, according to advocates.
A “clarification” of state rules by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in August has sparked a court case and caused widespread confusion among city officials and private groups.
At issue is the veterinary care provided to animals in municipal shelters and privately operated animal rescue organizations.
Under its rules, the board requires the same level of medical care and attention for shelter dogs and cats as they would receive from a private veterinarian. That means volunteers and fosters cannot perform routine care, such as administering intake vaccinations, without a trained vet present. It also means shelter veterinarians must provide individual care to each shelter animal upon intake.
Scott Holloway, executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Texas, which manages Longview’s only shelter, said the shelter has had to hold off giving intake vaccinations since the fall, until stray animals have been in the shelter for three days.
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