Where SLED may be in this on-again/off-again investigation remains a mystery but thank goodness Fox Charlotte is on the case. They obtained drug records from the shelter for the past year and compared those records to the number of pets killed:
In May, $44 worth of Euthasol, a lethal injection drug was purchased from Webster Vet Supply.
Here is the most detailed purchase order: in September, shelter director and convicted felon Brian Burch got 10 bottles of Ketamine and 1 bottle of Euthasol, or euthanasia solution, for a total of $100.92, which is exact amount of the December order, too.
There are no details provided on the December order but with the invoice total matching the September purchase order to the penny, it’s possible the orders were identical. If that was the case, that would mean there are 10 bottles of Special K unaccounted for, as the shelter only provided records for 10 bottles:
Two bottles were used entirely in one milliliter doses, meaning the 20 dogs euthanized weighed the exact same amount. Two bottles were partially used and six bottles remained unused.
Here’s the math on the Euthasol, courtesy of Fox Charlotte:
Euthasol is sold in 100 milliliter bottles. Dosing guidelines show one milliliter of Euthasol is required for every ten pounds of animal. That means one bottle can euthanize one thousand pounds of animal, and three bottles equals three thousand pounds.
The shelter put down a total of 1,640 dogs and cats. Three thousand divided by 1,640 would means each animal lethally injected by the shelter would have weighed about 1.2 pounds.
Gee, it’s hard to imagine that Chesterfield hasn’t been heavily mined by rescue groups desperate to obtain these 1 pound pocket pets the shelter apparently has in plentiful supply. I’ll take an 18 ounce Beagle please. Actually, make that two. I’m pretty sure I can afford the extra teaspoon of food for the widdle buggers.
Thank you Lisa for sending me the link to this story.