State of NC Shuts Down Operator of Two County Pounds

The state of North Carolina has revoked the shelter registrations issued to the United Animal Coalition – one used to operate the Guilford Co pound and the other for the Davidson Co pound.  In letters dated August 17, the state ordered UAC to cease and desist operating both facilities within 5 days “based on UAC’s willful disregard” of the laws pertaining to the care of shelter animals.

In Davidson Co, the state investigated a complaint regarding a severely injured dog.  The state found that UAC had left an apparently paralyzed dog with a possible broken back to suffer without a vet exam for 3 days before killing the dog.  A review of records dating back to January 2015 revealed an astonishing number of animals who were left to die in their cages.  A few examples cited by the state:

  • From April 15 – 30:  40 animals found dead in their cages
  • In May:  91 cats and 5 dogs found dead in their cages
  • In June:  86 cats and 5 dogs found dead in their cages
  • In July:  78 cats and 14 dogs found dead in their cages

While the obvious suffering of animals at Davidson Co is disturbing, the state cited scores of specific examples of dogs and cats suffering at Guilford Co which are absolutely heartbreaking to read.  Among them:

    • A dog who had been shot in the face and had an eyeball hanging out was given pain medication upon intake and then left to suffer without a vet exam or meds of any kind for 12 days before being killed.
    • A cat who had been hit by car and had his tail degloved was given pain meds but never received a vet exam, wound treatment or antibiotics by the time UAC killed him 4 days later.
    • A cat who had been hit by a car came in with a missing leg and his chin degloved.  He never received a vet exam and UAC waited 10 days before killing him.  He may have received pain meds but the records contain conflicting information so that information is unclear.
    • A dog who had been hit by a car was bleeding from his penis and had abdominal swelling, possibly due to internal bleeding.  His breathing was labored and one of his legs may have been broken.  He suffered in this condition for 2 weeks without so much as a veterinary examination.
    • An elderly dog who appeared to be suffering was brought in by an owner requesting euthanasia.  UAC failed to obtain proof of ownership but took the dog and left him in a cage for 4 days before killing him.  He was never examined by a vet.
    • Another dog, circumstances similar to the above, was left for 6 days before being killed.
    • A dog with apparent neurological problems and leg wounds was left to suffer without a vet exam for 4 days before being killed by UAC.
    • A cat who had “severe diarrhea, anus and vagina swollen and raw, and hair under the tail missing” was given medication for one day then left without exam or treatment for 11 days before UAC killed her.
    • A dog whose feet were raw and who had a large mammary tumor was left in a cage and discovered with the tumor ruptured the following day.  The dog never received a vet exam and was killed after 5 days.
    • A cat who had a maggot in an infected hole in his neck was given pain meds without a vet exam, had the maggot removed and the wound flushed.  No antibiotics were administered.  The cat was found dead in his cage 6 days later.
    • An emaciated cat who appeared hypoglycemic and exhibited symptoms of conjunctivitis and a URI never received a vet exam or meds by the time UAC killed him, 11 days later.
    • An emaciated dog with multiple bite wounds, both old and new, came in with a swollen face and abdomen, a hematoma on the ear and the smell of infection in the mouth.  The dog was placed on pain meds without a vet exam and never received any wound treatment or antibiotics by the time UAC killed him 5 days later.

HSUS has listed Guilford Co as one of its “top ten emergency placement partners” and encouraged the public to bring the staff cupcakes to say “thank you”.  If anyone does plan on bringing cupcakes, please contact me for a top ten list of suggested places you can cram them.

While shutting down UAC is obviously good news for animals, it’s not good enough.  For one thing, the criminal douchebags responsible for what is likely years of animal suffering and death need to go to jail.  For another, Guilford Co taking over the pound is not exactly the knight on the white horse anyone was hoping for – unless the county has changed from doing basically all the same things UAC is accused of by the state.  Trouble behind, trouble ahead.  Annoying animal advocates needed in Guilford and Davidson counties.  Huge.

(Thanks Lisa, Laura and Arlene for the links.)

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9 Comments

  1. These scum should be in jail! They have no compassion, nor caring for animals and they must pay for their disregard of injured animals in their supppsed care! I’m glad legal action was taken and I’d like to see this throughout the Country!

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  2. As a NC attorney I a delighted that this has been done but agree that it’s not enough & hope criminal charges are brought. Consider this: these people had access to euthanasia fluid & administered it to large numbers of animals. From what we have read, is there any reason to think that they had developed the skill & compassion necessary to do this properly? (It’s not that easy!) We are probably talking about the suffering of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of animals beyond the examples given here.
    r

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  3. db

     /  August 19, 2015

    The suffering of those animals will haunt me. Truly, something more must be done. To turn things back over to those who will continue these barbaric practices is insanity. Are there any animal lovers who can step in and do something? I don’t even know where to start here.

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  4. Vicky Olson

     /  August 19, 2015

    Just OMG.

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  5. My concern is that the commissioners are all “it seems like the workers and volunteers cared deeply for the welfare of the animals”. Well, the people who have been complaining cared (mostly volunteers), but workers who did this day after day without saying or doing anything – no, they did not “care deeply for the welfare of the animals”. They are just as criminal in their behavior as those above them.

    Everyone needs to be fired, the place needs to be bleached down (literally and metaphorically) and cleansed of the evil that went before.

    But I fear that the commissioners are working more to look like good guys (at this VERY late date) than actually BE good guys…

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  6. Nancy

     /  August 20, 2015

    I don’t understand why shelter staff seem to be above the law (animal cruelty laws) when there is documented abuse and neglect. If any one of those cases had happened in a private home, the pet owner would surely be charged with abuse or neglect, right? In any state.

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  7. Lisa B

     /  August 20, 2015

    I believe criminal charges are being considered, at least in Guilford county.

    Here’s an article about how rescue groups, which were routinely blocked from the Guilford pound under killmaster general Marsha Williams, are finally being let in: http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/rescue-me-dogs-and-cats-pulled-from-guilford-animal-shelter/article_a16e7112-9a49-51af-926f-75d21c05e32f.html

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  8. This is animal abuse. Why is the refrain from those who are paid to care for animals with our tax dollars always, “Animal abuse for me, but none for thee,” — especially when most of the “animal abuse” for “thee” doesn’t even exist 99% of the time. Furthermore, we all know that none of these abusers will ever be tried or see jail time.

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  9. Eucritta

     /  August 28, 2015

    I just ran across an update on some of the dogs taken from Guilford Co. by a dachshund rescue – the full series of updates is available at their fund raising page:
    https://www.youcaring.com/almost-home-dachshund-rescue-society-416082

    I don’t know anything about this rescue, it was linked through a dachsie rescue I do follow. Here’s their FB page, which also has photos of the Guilford dogs:
    https://www.facebook.com/ahdrs?fref=nf

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