Virginia Beach SPCA gains back right to accept, rehab wildlife

The Virginia Beach SPCA can now accept new wild life for treatment. This comes after weeks of suspension.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WVEC) -- The Virginia Beach SPCA can once again accept wildlife for rehabilitation after weeks of suspension.

Last month, the wildlife program was punished after failing to report an injured bald eagle to officials. The eagle was eventually euthanized. The suspension was expected to last until next year. 

Wednesday morning, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries reinstated permits of the program and its workers.

Lacy Kuller, the SPCA's Vice President and CFO, said their staff met with officials in Richmond on Tuesday after filing an appeal.

This comes amid an outcry from home rehab programs that currently have an inundation of wildlife and are dealing with limited resources to give treatment.

"The animals are coming in injured and they're having to wait until we can get them medical care," said Connie Hiebert with Second Chance Wildlife in Virginia Beach. "A lot of them aren't making it. They're dying."

The SPCA's wildlife program will be back at full operation on Friday, Kuller said.

"We are so grateful," Kuller told 13News Now over the phone Wednesday afternoon. “The lives of our wildlife program depend on this program."

Meanwhile, about seven home rehab centers are still dealing with costs from the influx of animal care.

Second Chance is hosting a fundraiser June 17th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Virginia Beach.

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