• Burke Co. animal shelter getting new staff to help lower euthanasia rate

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    MORGANTON, N.C. - A Burke County animal shelter with complaints and an alarming kill rate is getting a new staff. 

    Last month, our news affiliate in Asheville WLOS found the shelter killed 70 percent of the animals it took in. 

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    Public complaints prompted county leaders to make big changes at the shelter. 

    It hired the entire staff from the McDowell County shelter, which just set the record low euthanasia rate last year. 

    Officials said the employees from the McDowell County shelter independently applied for the positions at the Burke County shelter. 

    Animal Care Technician Lindsay Stump said she is looking forward to addressing the crisis at the Burke County shelter by bringing her knowledge from working in McDowell County. 

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    "Their plans are to, hopefully, be a low-kill to no-kill shelter," Stump said. "So we're looking forward to bringing our knowledge from working in McDowell County to Burke County."

    The new employees will begin working in Morganton on Aug. 5. 

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