April 10, 2013

Day One: A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Our community has been waiting a long time for changes at our local pound. Over 18,000 animals have been killed at the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection since 2008.  Last November, the spit between the Roanoke Valley SPCA and the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection was announced, meaning the SPCA would no longer be managing the pound.

The municipalities began the transition into management, and went on a nationwide search for a new director. Over 55 applicants from across the country were reviewed, and March brought the announcement that David Flagler was chosen. 

Mr. Flagler's first day was Monday, April 8. We expected a lot of things to be coming in the next few months- an announcement that adoptions would finally be allowed from the pound, plans for improving the volunteer program, creative ideas for shelter enrichment.

What we did not expect was silence on day one from the new Executive Director as a euthanasia list was made. By the time anyone from the outside realized what was happening, 6 of the 10 dogs on the list were killed. Official documentation shows that 6 cats were killed, employees report that 8 cats were killed. 

Here are a few of the faces lost.

It appears that the time to stand up and be a voice for those who cannot speak is upon us yet again. The status quo is just not good enough.

We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.
― C. JoyBell C.


  1. First day in and he kills? doesn't make a lot of senses to me. How very sad and frusterating. RIP Little ones.

  2. Bonnie VaughnApril 15, 2013

    How very, very disappointing!! On his first day, he kills that many animals? This is a VERY bad sign!! Something MUST be done IMMEDIATELY!! We must come together and work for a change!!

  3. Flagler said one of his first initiatives will be to build relationships with adoption and animal welfare groups to boost the number of animals adopted and reduce the number that need to be euthanized .
    --The Roanoke Times, March 21, 2013

    Bad way to do it on your first day, by killing 6 dogs and 6-8 cats.

  4. Can we get a look at his resume? What rock he formerly supervised, and other important notes on his CV?


  6. I've seen his resume and noticed he's had many short-term jobs ... maybe there's a reason?! I am very disappointed in the RCACP's choice!

  7. If Mr. Flagler has a plan he should let the community know otherwise if we hear nothing but actions of euthanasia we don't need you! We wanted someone that can give us ideas to improve on live release rates as we have been doing through the help of volunteers and rescue groups. Maybe you should get out of the animal job sector and focus on something else because by the looks of his job hopping and bad reviews this isn't the job for him.