The Orange County Board of Commissioners addressed issues surrounding the animal shelter at its meeting Tuesday night in Hillsborough.
The animal shelter and the private, nonprofit agency that oversees its operations -- the Animal Protection Society -- recently have been the focus of public scrutiny after several employees approached the board last month regarding disease control and management concerns.
The APS-run Wildlife Rehabilitation Center closed last month for reorganization.
Following the commissioners' request to investigate the shelter's procedures, the Orange County Health Department and the county manager's office prepared a report with information and proposals on how to handle the situation.
In addition to disease and management problems, there are also issues over access to information because APS, a private agency, oversees the public shelter.
Orange County Health Director Rosemary Summers said the health department chose two veterinarians to visit the facility Sept. 17 and generate an impartial analysis of disease management at the facility.
Summers said the shelter is now isolating all new animals and improving sanitizing techniques.
She said the APS will be gathering information to get ready for an assessment of the shelter by a yet to be determined national organization, such as the American Humane Society or the Humane Society of the United States.
This information will be received by the APS and the Board of Commissioners, she said.