In March, a NC man’s two Pitbulls got out of his fenced yard through a hole and were picked up by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. He fixed the fence and tried to redeem the dogs but animal control had “mistakenly” killed them. They could not explain why. Adding insult to injury, CMPD-ACC then sent the owner a bill for $100. Despite the promise of a full investigation, no such investigation or its results have ever been made public. The devastated owner, Will Harlee, said at the time of the killings:
“I need to know why and who,” he said. “I want somebody to lose their job over this. I need an impression that this can’t happen to anybody else.”
Not only do we still not know who or why, but it happened again in September. Another escaped Pitbull picked up by CMPD-ACC, another oops killing, and another distraught family:
On Sept. 16 the dog escaped the Moore family home. The family put up reward signs around their home in Wilmore. A couple of days went bye [sic]. The family then searched the shelter.
“We went to the pound, and that’s where we found her,” said Moore. “She was so happy, she jumped on the cage, and was like, ruff, ruff.”
Mecklenburg County Animal Care and Control requires reclaimed dogs to be spade [sic] or neutered and a chip implanted. When the Moore’s went to pick up “Lil Mama” three days later the dog was dead. The Moore’s said the person at the desk said the dog was accidentally put down.
The shelter issued a statement which says, in part:
“While a similar situation occurred earlier this year, it does not involve the same employee,” Animal Care and Control said in a statement. “We are currently conducting an internal investigation to determine the course of events that led to the dog’s euthanasia and whether disciplinary actions are warranted.”
Let’s all hold our breath until the internal investigation is complete, shall we? Perhaps there’s a backlog of internal investigations going on at the shelter because in addition to the Harlee and Moore cases, we’re still waiting on the results of the playing-dress-up-with-drugged-cats investigation. In the meantime, maybe someone on the shelter staff can pull a ferret out of her car for the TV news to distract us. Ooh – furry!