Broward County Animal Center director resigns – NBC 6 South Florida

The director of the Broward Animal Care and Adoption Center has tendered her resignation amid complaints about conditions at the shelter.

In October, Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen sent outside inspectors to the center on Southwest 42nd Street, where he said he found the animals were living in disgusting conditions. Last week, images, videos and testimonials from volunteers revealed more about the conditions at the facility.

Lauralei Combs has tendered his resignation and plans to leave this month.

“Animals weren’t treated, they should be treated, so I’m very pleased that we are looking for a new manager who will know the proper procedures and protocols in the best interest of the animals and our residents,” Bogen said.

A video that surfaced last month showed a pit bull in a kennel, barking at a volunteer with blood splattered on the wall. Combs said there was no mistreatment and the dog banged its tail against the wall, causing it to bleed. Activists also claimed worker power had washed out the kennels with the dogs still inside.

“We brought in a consultant, which nobody knew about, and we did an investigation,” Bogen said. “And we found that the animal shelter did not have proper procedures and protocols implemented.”

He said the Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating, while the shelter released a statement saying, “We are not aware of any criminal laws violated at the shelter. Many complaints we have received in the past have turned out to be unfounded. However, we take and will continue to take these complaints very seriously, and dealing with them is a priority. »

Broward Animal Care and Adoption Center did not comment on the director’s resignation on Monday.

Benjamin M. Yerger