Warren Co Animal Control in TN has been the subject of pet abuse allegations for some time. In August 2010, The Warren Co Humane Society (WCHS) rescued a litter of newborn puppies which had been found in the pound’s sewer drain.
There is a document on WCHS’s website which purports to be several months’ worth of 2010 kill logs from the AC pound. The dates on the kill logs appear to show numerous pets being impounded and killed without being held for three business days as required by law. The HS contends that the pound is closed to the public and no one but staff is allowed inside.
A video posted to YouTube (Warning: disturbing images) in 2010 alleges the pound has a 90% kill rate, does not list its pets online, refuses to accept help from volunteers and forces dogs to eat off the same concrete floor they must use to relieve themselves. Warren Co Executive John Pelham seems to feel that allegations of abuse at the pound are news to him.
The AC director is reportedly under investigation due to allegations that dogs at the pound are being kept in their outdoor runs during cleaning instead of being let indoors. The director apparently resigned last week but immediately withdrew his resignation.
The WCHS and local pet advocates have been calling for meaningful change. There is an online petition with about 4000 signatures currently and protests have been held locally. There is a vigil planned for tonight according to the WCHS Facebook page and you can follow further actions there.