Norfolk Animal Care Center cited for breaching veterinary standards by VDACS

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Animal Care Center announced Thursday that it was cited for two non-critical violations on June 22 by the Virginia Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

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The Virginian-Pilot reported that state Bureau of Veterinary Services inspectors found that the center did not provide “adequate and appropriate veterinary care” to animals at the shelter, and that the center also failed to properly isolate animals suspected of infectious diseases.

According to a Center Facebook postthe violations did not require a formal response and, with the assistance of the VDACS inspector and NACC supervising veterinarian, the center addressed the violations and took the necessary steps to ensure future compliance.

“The NACC is operating at full capacity most days and, regardless of occupancy levels, remains an open-entry shelter whose primary objective is to address the individual needs of each animal that comes through the doors,” the official said. Facebook post. “This is hard work that could not be done without a caring community of volunteers, veterinary partners, rescue groups and supporters.”

The Facebook post went on to express appreciation for the support of the community and for the centers’ veterinary partners.

All NACC admission and live stream numbers can be found at www.norfolk.gov.

Benjamin M. Yerger