Update (4:06 p.m. May 28): The Pet Connection's Jason Huff tells The Pitch that the no-kill shelter's 5918 Broadmoor location remains open, and the clinic at 7021 Johnson Drive will temporarily cease veterinary operations and serve as a shelter for the time being.
"Up til Wednesday, the entire operation was threatened
with shutdown," Huff says. "Our
plans are to get the vet clinic back open, we just have to fill out forms to get the clinic filed under another
veterinarian's name. Our attorney worked with the Kansas Animal Health Department to assure
us they wouldn't come confiscate the animals currently housed there while our new
license for that property is in the works."
Dr. Andrea Kennedy, the Pet Connection's former vet, has more
than two decades of service with unblemished record, Huff says,
but she agreed to sever her ties with the Pet Connection under a consent
agreement with the Kansas
Board of Veterinary Examiners.
For more background, check out
the Facebook page of the Pet Connection's Melody Kelso here.
Original story (10:30 a.m. May 27): The Pet Connection, a no-kill animal shelter at 5918 Broadmoor Street in Mission, Kansas, will have to close its doors Friday unless Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson intervenes, according to the shelter's Web site.
The shelter's veterinary clinic, which provides low-cost services for pet owners, failed to pass an inspection by the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners earlier this year. Now, the no-kill shelter may have to close its doors.
A phone and letter-writing campaign is underway. The Pet Connection's
staff asks anyone interested in saving their clinic and shelter to
contact Parkinson's office and ask him to temporarily halt the vet
board's action. They want the governor to appoint an independent
investigator to assess the
situation and make recommendations thereafter.
As of last night,
Fox 4's Tess Koppelman reports
that Parkinson does not plan to intervene.