Hernando County Animal Services volunteer coordinator Donna Black has resigned, according to the county shelter’s veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Centonze.
Black, the sheriff’s public information officer from 2003 through 2011, was selected for the newly created position earlier this year.
Centonze said the split was amicable, and Black resigned about three weeks ago due to family medical issues. Centonze also said that Shannon Finch, a veterinary technician hired earlier in the year, is handling both roles at the moment, and will take over Black’s duties once a new vet tech is hired.
Hernando Today previously reported that Black was selected from a pool of about 21 applicants for the position, with an advertised salary of $42,369 annually. In January, County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes said he was tired of reading about the troubles at the county shelter, from improper euthanasias to strife among volunteers.
In mid-February, Animal Services participated in a community adoption event at the Elks Lodge, and the shelter held an open house in early March to celebrate new Saturday hours. By the end of March, Centonze was licensed to perform surgeries in-house at the shelter.
In other Animal Services news, with the shelter at capacity, Hernando County Animal Services is waiving the fee for any brown dog adopted.
The “Brown Bag Special” began Wednesday and will continue through the end of the month.
Centonze said the dogs will be sterilized, vaccinated, tested for heartworm and treated for fleas and worms. Owners will still be responsible for the $10 county animal license fee.
Regular adoption rates are $50 for dogs and $40 for cats, with half of the fee refunded after proof of spay or neuter, if applicable.
Animal Services is located at 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville, and can be reached by phone at (352) 796-5062. Shelter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Local rescue groups and HCAS staff will hold a memorial for Zeus at 10 a.m. on April 27 at Veterans Memorial Park, Spring Hill. The service will remember the pit bull euthanized shortly after being surrendered at the county shelter on April 13, 2012, and celebrate improvements in the year since, such as a surgical suite for on-site sterilizations and a reduction in the number of animals being euthanized.