Now that SLED has opened an investigation into the alleged shootings at the Chesterfield Co shelter, here is what I’d like to see happen:
In addition to the 3 dogs whose bodies have already been sent for necropsy, I hope SLED will exhume some older remains at the landfill as well. From my understanding, this is not a landfill where trash is dumped but is used exclusively for disposal of shelter pets. It should be easy to find some older carcasses, especially since visitors to the site indicate many bodies are partially visible. I think it would be worthwhile, and key to the investigation, to determine if shelter pets have been “euthanized” by shooting before last Friday’s alleged incident.
The purchase orders for Fatal Plus are a matter of public record, as is the shelter’s drug log. I hope SLED will look at the purchase orders and the drug log to determine how many pets may have been killed via injection since the shelter got rid of its gas chamber last fall. By comparing the amount of Fatal Plus purchased with the amount currently on hand and cross referencing that information with the shelter’s records of total pets killed and the drug log, we should be able to draw some relevant conclusions about the shelter’s post-gas chamber kill methods.
Lastly, my understanding is that the shelter has video surveillance of the parking lot. I hope SLED will review this footage, going back to the day the shelter stopped gassing, to verify whether live animals were routinely loaded off the AC trucks upon return to the shelter after stray pick up calls. The footage should also reveal how many live pets were loaded on to the trucks and whether those trucks then returned empty during that period. And the footage for Friday, March 4 will reveal how many live pets were loaded on to the trucks and how many, if any, returned. That should clear up the confusion about the total number of pets allegedly killed on that day.
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