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Board of Commissioners vote against animal shelter security cameras

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Pender County leaders say they have been working for months to get security cameras installed at the animal shelter. They say most of the buildings that are county-owned have these types of camera.

Although leaders have been working on this issue prior to last month’s allegations that shelter staff were stealing donations and neglecting the animals, the accusations definitely gave the issue a push according to Chairman George Brown.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, however, the Board of Commissioners voted against purchasing security cameras and a door access control system.

Two of the County Commissioners left the meeting early, leaving only three commissioners to vote. As Chairman, Brown cannot make a motion or second it so he could not cast a vote.

“I would have supported the cameras,” said Chairman Brown.

David Williams was one of the Commissioners who left the meeting before the vote. Before leaving he announced to the room that he was in favor of passing the motion.

“But when you aren’t here, you can’t make the vote and it doesn’t count,” said Chairman Brown.

If Williams had stayed to vote and possibly seconded the motion, Brown could have voted, and installing the cameras at the animal shelter may have passed.

“They should have put it off or done something, anything but just throw it out,” said Celenda James.

Chairman Brown said that because the motion to install additional security at the shelter did not pass tonight, it does not mean that it will not pass in the future.

Aside from the cameras, the Board of Commissioners voted to approve an advisory committee to the shelter. The committee will make suggestions to the Board on policies and procedures.

“They’ll take a look at everything and assist us in at least trying to have a good department out there, something that we can be proud of and that will protect the animals,” said Chairman Brown.

The Board of Commissioners say they have been working on stabling an advisory committee for a while, and it did not come into fruition because of the ongoing investigation at the shelter.

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