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Pound's new executive director helps lead new vision and goals for the future

Published On: Jun 04 2013 01:55:41 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2013 05:26:31 PM EDT
Pound's new executive director helps lead new vision and goals for the future
ROANOKE, Va. -

The sweet faces of cats and dogs look out from behind caged doors.
These are the clients of the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection.

It was nearly a year ago the agency came underfire for the mistreatment of animals and the wrongful dismissal of volunteers.
Lost, says new executive director David Flagler, was good work the facility was doing. 

"We've had tremendous success with adopting dogs and cats, but I don't think that success is widely recognized that this facility has one of the highest save rates in the country," explains Flagler.

Instead, the center's kill rate was often the focus.
But, Flagler says the agency is working to change the numbers and the perception.
In 2010, more than 700-dogs and cats were put down during the first quarter of the year.
This year, just over 200- have been euthanized.

"We are looking at future changes and improving efficiency so that the euthania rate will continue to drop," says Flagler.

Those changes include finalizing a break from the SPCA and becoming its own entity in July.
And, while he's grateful for the help of the area adoption agencies, he hopes the pound will one day be able to create its own happy endings for all of the animals it holds here, by becoming an adoption facility.

You can find many of the pounds' animals on the website - Pet Finder.

The pound is also participating in a national adoption event.

It's called, "Just One Day" and it's happening on Tuesday, June 11th from 11:30a.m. to 7p.m.