PRESS Staff Report
The shelter has been at the center of controversy in recent months which resulted in leadership change at the shelter and the City of Port Isabel taking over partial responsibility of the facility.
In recent weeks, the City has been accused of euthanizing animals, breaking a promise it made to the public of keeping the shelter “kill-free”.
In explaining its actions, Port Isabel City Manager Ed Meza issued a statement, which was printed in its entirety in Monday’s edition of the Press. In that statement, Meza wrote that the shelter received an inspection by the Texas State Veterinarian, who determined that the shelter was, “grossly overpopulated,” among other issues. “The result of this inspection surprised us all…Dr. Robinson’s report addresses overpopulation as well. With such high numbers of animals at the shelter, everything else is exponentially complicated,” Meza wrote.
The inspection also addressed the shelter structures with regard to rotted wood and building materials that don’t create a reasonable barrier from water and bacteria associated with a shelter environment.