Lake County Animal Services under fire after audit

Audit finds dogs adopted from shelter die after not being vaccinated, dewormed

Local 6 News at 7:00p
Local 6 News at 7:00p

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Lake County Animal Services is under fire after adopted dogs died because they weren't properly cared for while at the shelter.

The outgoing director of animal services, Cyndi Nason, told Local 6 she takes seriously the allegations listed in a 42-page county audit that found dozens of issues.

The latest problem came to light when several dogs that were adopted out from the shelter weren't vaccinated or dewormed, and died.

"We wish it wouldn't happen, it's very sad," Nason said. "Things like that do happen once in a while. And all I can say is it's a sad case that we will learn from and tighten things up."

Nason said a large part of the problem is funding to be able to pay for good care with enough quality staff.

"It's difficult to be perfect," she said.

Volunteers have also voiced their opinions on what the shelter needs to be doing.

"I just have a hard time going home and sleeping, thinking about all the animals that are laying here, they just don't get up and out and get to move around," said shelter volunteer Pam Todesco.

Each cage is cleaned once a day and with 150 animals at the shelter and nine workers, it is time-consuming.

"The dogs get out at least once a day, and that's better than a lot of shelters," Nason said.

Nason said the shelter has been improved since she took over a year ago, but has resigned. Her last day is Friday.

Lake County commissioners have asked the Lake County Sheriff to take over Animal Services.

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