Wildlife rehab centers fearful over Virginia Beach SPCA’s permit suspensions


(LAURA) LAST WEEK WE TOLD YOU THE VIRGINIA BEACH S-P-C-A IS UNABLE TO ACCEPT INJURED WILDLIFE. (LAURA) THAT’S BECAUSE THEIR PERMITS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES. (DEANNA) IT HAPPENED AFTER THEY SAY EMPLOYEES DID NOT PROPERLY REPORT AN INJURED BALD EAGLE AND THE SUSPENSION LASTS UNTIL FEBRUARY. TONIGHT OUR MARIELENA BALOURIS LOOKS AT THE IMPACT THIS SUSPENSION IS HAVING ON OTHER ANIMAL REHABBERS IN THE AREA. (MARIELENA BALOURIS REPORTING) THE CRIES OF A BABY BBUNNY ARE NOTHING NEW TO CONNIE HEIBERT. CONNIE HIEBERT, PRESIDENT OF SECOND CHANCE WILDLIFE I NAMED MY REFUGE SECOND CHANCE BECAUSE I BELIEVE EVERY LIVING CREATURE DESERVES THAT SECOND CHANCE SHE STARTED SECOND CHANCE WILDLIFE AFTER SHE HAD HEART SURGERY YEARS AGO. IT’S GIVEN HER PURPOSE. BUT THE SPCA’S PERMIT SUSPENSION HAS LEFT HER FEELING HELPLESS. CONNIE HIEBERT, PRESIDENT OF SECOND CHANCE WILDLIFE WITHOUT THE SPCA I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO HIEBERT FOCUSES ON ANIMALS LIKE POSSUMS, RABBITS AND SQUIRRELS. SHE — AND OTHER REHABBERS — SAY THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS WILL BE LEFT TO DIE IF THE SPCA CANNOT TAKE THE INJURED ONES. JAMES FLENGAS, SECRETARY/TREASURER OF EVELYN’S WILDLIFE REFUGE I THINK WE’VE SEEN APPROXIMATELY A 30-35% INCREASE IN INTAKE OF ANIMALS ALREADY THAT’S AT EVELYN’S WILDLIFE REFUGE, WHERE JAMES FLEGNAS VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ORGANIZATION HIS WIFE CREATED. ON THEIR WALLS — PHOTOS OF THE ANIMALS THEY’VE SAVED — NORMALLY 600 TO 700 PER YEAR. BUT THIS YEAR, THEY’RE WORRIED. JAMES FLENGAS, SECRETARY/TREASURER OF EVELYN’S WILDLIFE REFUGE WE CAN NO LONGER OFFER QUALITY SERVICE TO THE WILDLIFE THAT DOES COME IN, AND WE HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO HAVE THEM TURNED AWAY. AND WHEN THEY’RE TURNED AWAY, THAT MEANS ONE THING EUTHANIZATION IT’S A HEARTBREAKING REALITY THAT NO REHABBER WANTS. BUT FOR NOW, THEY’RE FORCED TO ACCEPT IT — HOPING IT’S NOT PERMANENT. CONNIE HIEBERT, PRESIDENT OF SECOND CHANCE WILDLIFE IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH FOR THESE ANIMALS WHETHER OR NOT THE SPCA GETS THEIR PERMIT BACK (((MARIELENA ON CAM))) THE SPCA AND DGIF WILL MEET EARLY NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS THE APPEAL. THE DGIF SAYS THEY PLAN TO WORK WITH THE SPCA TO REVIEW THE SITUATION AND HOPEFULLY MOVE FORWARD. WE’LL BE SURE TO KEEP YOU POSTED ON THAT

2 thoughts on “Wildlife rehab centers fearful over Virginia Beach SPCA’s permit suspensions

  1. Suspending a useful service because of a paperwork error – great job VB government… dumbasses…

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