SPCA working to correct issues

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 3/22/19

The SPCA of Bradley County has been working to correct issues raised by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration during a January inspection of its shelter facility.

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The SPCA of Bradley County has been working to correct issues raised by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration during a January inspection of its shelter facility.

Amanda Morgan, interim director of operations for the SPCA, updated the organization’s board of directors during a meeting Wednesday night. Last month Morgan said the shelter was inspected and a few issues were pointed out that need to be addressed. Among them:

• Introduction of a hearing conservation program – Morgan said she started the program based on TOSHA’s findings. She said employees in the dog building must have a baseline hearing test and that all employees must have their hearing tested. She is also providing ear protection if employees choose to use it.

• Use of bleach has been discontinued.

Morgan said TOSHA’s regulation is that the loft handrail should be a minimum of 42 inches high instead of the current 37.5-inch height. Board member Dan Rawls said there is not enough room in the loft to stand up. Morgan said there are some other issues besides railing height.

“Everything they’ve asked besides the loft” has been addressed, she said.

Morgan said the SPCA owes TOSHA $2,800 for the violations. She added an informal meeting is scheduled Friday to address issues.

Board member Cheryl Dunson asked if it might be possible to have some citations reduced following that meeting.

“I’m going to ask that on Friday,” Morgan said.

In other business, the SPCA Board:

• Approved the February 2019 financial statements.

• Approved the minutes from the Feb. 22 meeting.

• Heard from Morgan there are currently 69 animals housed at the shelter, noting “we’ve really decreased significantly.”

“Adoptions have been pretty steady,” she added.

SPCA is partnering with McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga to transfer cats to that facility, and Morgan said approximately 25 cats have been transferred in the past month.

• Heard approximately $4,700 was raised in February for three Angel Fund cases of animals requiring extensive medical care.

• Heard the shelter will be closed on April 19 (Good Friday) and April 21 (Easter Sunday).

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