The Wake Co pound in Raleigh, NC kills roughly half of the 11,000 animals it takes in each year. That’s a lot of pet killing and a lot of soul killing of human beings who work and volunteer in that environment. Perhaps that’s why no one at the pound apparently noticed they were working with someone who sexually abused dogs:
Wake County Magistrate J.D. Saferight said [Seadon Collins Etienne] Henrich first began working at the animal shelter as a volunteer and was eventually hired full time. He left the agency but returned as a volunteer who worked by himself at night, alone with the dogs.
The guy allegedly raping dogs over an 18 month period apparently didn’t raise any red flags with those who worked or volunteered at the pound. He got caught because he posted photos of himself raping the pets on the internet. Mr. Henrich was arrested last week “and charged with four counts of crime against nature and three counts of felony dissemination of obscenity.”
He has been offered bail:
Henrich was placed in the Wake County jail early Thursday afternoon under $70,000 bail. If he does post bail, he has been ordered to not go into any public or private facility where animals are kept.
Fine. What about the dog (or dogs) he may have at his home? When a local news reporter visited the man’s home, he was greeted by a barking dog outside who was quickly put indoors by a woman there.
Mr. Henrich appeared in court on Friday and is due for his next court appearance on May 9. If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 14 years in jail.
The pound has offered no comment. I hope they seriously reconsider killing thousands of pets every year in favor of saving them. The killing environment does more than harm animals – it hurts people too. If the Wake Co pound had anything close to a compassionate environment full of people dedicated to protecting animals, I question whether a dog rapist might not have shown up on someone’s radar at some point during the 18 months these crimes allegedly took place. It’s too late for Wake Co to protect the dogs allegedly abused by Mr. Henrich or to protect any of the animals they’ve already killed. But they could start protecting the animals they have today. I hope they do.
(Thank you Clarice for the links.)