Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PetSmart donated $10,000.00 to a North Carolina Gas Chamber Shelter, what?

See Mimi Cooper pictured above with her PetSmart Inc, check in hand

PetSmart Inc supports killing homeless animals via the Randolph NC Gas Chamber. Do you want the facts that this reporter left out? Do you care about how the media spins just about anything and everything these days?

When you go to check out at PetsMart register the screen will ask if you would like to donate money towards their PetsMart Charity group, which one would reasonably think has been checked out thoroughly esp. those they choose to donate money to, if you were under this impression you would be wrong, dead gas chamber wrong that is. Is the Prison program a great program that's up and running in many animal shelters, YES. However you have to better understand the history of the Randolph Animal Shelter located in Asheboro NC.


 1/ They are a double Gas Chamber facility. Not one but two, wow is all I can say here.

2/ They were offered in 2010 from a private citizen a sum of over $10,000.00 for the County to do with as they wished for any dept. if they would just dismantle the Gas Chambers and move to EBI, a more humane option when dealing with euthanasia of an animal.  Mimi Cooper, with the County Health Dept. refused this donation.  As she prefers to kill animals via a Gas Chambers than a more humane and cost effective way. ( That tells the story within itself.)

3/ HSUS of NC and ASPCA then donates $6,000.00 to the same shelter for a fresh coat of paint. And never addresses the animals are being killed via a barbaric Gas Chamber, that volunteers are refused time and time by Mimi Copper and her staff, animals are not pictured at intake and posted immediately for owners to recover their lost animals or to jump start the adoption process for those in need.

Could I list about 8 other infractions and heartbreaking items, yes I could but what is the need. The only item I feel anyone needs to take away here is PetsMart Inc, supports killing animals via a  Gas Chamber and that’s how cut and dry this needs to be.

Will I ever walk in a PetsMart again NO. And with as many animals as I have both personally and in my rescue, this was not a wise move for them.

Goodbye PetsMart and shame on your Corporation of Charities for not taking the time to better understand the situation at the Randolph County Animal Shelter and to write a $10,000.00 check off the backs of your daily donators who now see what little education and knowledge your employees have before they write out any checks. If we were to dig deeper, would we find even worse with some of the checks they have written die to their sloppy protocol, I bet we would.

But this ends now for me, I will never shop one of their stores again.

Double Gas Chambers at the Randolph County Animal Shelter  right beside the first kennels of dogs to not only see their pals drug and shoved into these chambers, but also in a direct ear shot to hear them scream, fight and claw their way to death.
Yes, Petsmart Charities this is what you just paid for and now many of us will never shop your stores again.
Shame on anyone who feels this is a humane way of death for any creature. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Franklin County Basset Hound's death brings new change and new light into the shelter system

It was just a short time ago that we were shocked and put in disbelief when the Franklin County Shelter Staff placed a basset hound in a kennel with a Pit Bull with only one food and water bowl to call their own. We were then deeply saddened to find out the 2 dogs had a fight while in the same kennel and the basset hound was taken out of the kennel by the shelter manager to be shot and killed via a fire arm while still in the shelter for the other dogs to be frightened by and to be victims of a possible stray bullet.


Although we cant undo the horrid situation that took place for one innocent basset hound we can find some solice that positive change will come from awareness and education on this situation.

Too many times we see and hear of NC county shelters breaking the NC Animal Welfare Act that's in place for these same shelters to follow to better show humane treatment for these lost or unwanted animals, but this time we can rest assure that the NC Department of Agriculture did in fact step in and set a standard that this type of action will not be tolerated from any county shelter going forward.

Not only do we see a formal investigation on this matter come about, but we also are seeing formal steps being taken with the issue of both a suspension letter and civil penalty fine. Why should this be noted? First we can all appreciate that once a county shelter has to write a $5,000.00 check to the State of NC for their reckless action it will be less likely to ever be repeated. Second it's sends a warning out to all others county shelters, respect the animals in your care and follow the NC Animal Welfare Act to keep yourself from a situation as this. Third, this $5,000.00 civil penalty fee will be awarded to the NC Public School Fund to further enhance the school system in place for all parents of a NC Public School.

My hopes here would be that thru this tragic turn of events some education and awareness is now being brought to light for all to better understand esp. how the NC Public School System has a direct tie into our county animal shelters here in North Carolina.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Seagrove NC man arrested for animal cruelty towards a horse, horse dies after medical attention is sought out

Moore County sheriff’s deputies said Friday they have arrested a Seagrove man accused of starving and mistreating his horse.
Rocky Chriscoe, 33, of 216 Wilkes Road in Seagrove, was charged with felony cruelty to animals, misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public officer.
Deputies said they went to Chriscoe’s home on Sept. 16 and found an injured horse tied to a tree on the property. The horse was malnourished, had severe wounds and needed immediate medical care.
Animal control officers took the horse for treatment at the Southern Pine Equine Clinic and Healing Hearts Equine Rescue. Doctors and equine rescue members worked through the night to save the horse, but the animal did not survive.
Deputies returned to Chriscoe’s home Sept. 20 and said the man tried to run while carrying his 2-year-old daughter.
Investigators also served three other warrants on Chriscoe: one from Randolph County for resisting a public officer, one from Randolph County for driving while license revoked and operating a vehicle with fictious vehicle registration, and one from Moore County for probation violation.
Chriscoe was being held in the Moore County jail under a $22,500 bond.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Basset Hound killed with a 22 Riffle by Franklin County Shelter Manager, really NC?

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The Shelter Manager at the Franklin County Animal Shelter chose to pull out his 22 riffle as a form of euthanasia on a injured basset hound, what was he thinking?

Why this basset hound was not driven to a local vet to have his medical needs addressed or to at least be humanly euthanized is all unclear at this time, but one thing is clear, this basset hound was killed in a North Carolina Animal Shelter via an unapproved euthanasia method via the state regulations.

While the story is still unfolding with the NC Department of Agriculture still finalizing their investigation surrounding this complaint we do know that the basset hound was injured while in the shelter staff's care. In fact the shelter staff made the wrong decision to place a basset hound ( a very dossal low key breed) in a kennel with a pit bull.  I'm not trying to say pit bulls are aggressive but anyone who's been around dogs pretty much knows certain breeds would be best to keep separate esp. when they are both unfamiliar with one another and thrown into a single kennel with one water bowl and one food bowl.

We know the pit bull and the basset hound engaged in a fight while in the same kennel and the basset hound was injured during this fight. Did the fight break out as two unaltered males were placed in the same kennel? Was it a food aggression issue? Or simply the case of a more dominate breed taking on a weaker breed?  Whichever you choose to believe I feel we can all agree this basset hound never should of been placed in the same kennel with a pit bill.

But for a county shelter manager to pull out his 22 riffle, aim it on an injured basset hound ( who's injuries were not life threatening at the time) and then to decide to pull the trigger to kill the basset hound is egregious and unacceptable behavior. This shelter manger knew before he pulled the trigger that his actions would be in violation of both state and county regulation's yet he proceeded to do so as he thought he wouldn't get caught.

Will the shelter manager be reprimanded, moved to another position within the county away from the shelter or placed on leave? Will this manager be given more extensive training on the do's and dont's of his job accountability's? Will civil penalties be placed on the shelter via the NC Department of Agriculture? Will anything come of this violation of our NC State Statutes or because it was an action taken upon on a shelter animal be excused like so many other events we see take place in our North Carolina Shelter system?

For this we sit, we wait and we look for the final verdict from the NC Department of Agriculture Office and hope this incident does not go ignored. After all at some point this basset hound belongs to someone, will they come forward for their missing pet and speak out on the violent way it's life was taken inside of a NC County Animal Shelter?

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

North Carolina Governor signs the Possum Right-To-Work-Act, wait what did you just say?

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The Possum Right-To-Work-Act has been signed by the Governor of North Carolina. This is a clear cut example on how backwards North Carolina is let alone how much work is needed to fix the issues that are at work here. We are an embarrassment and a joke for all. North Carolina do you not have bigger issues that need to be addressed versus a backwards bill such as this? How many man hours were spent on this bill? What did this cost the taxpayers of NC? Well from the latest lawsuit filed by PETA, and the courts ruling atleast $74,446.00 must be paid back to PETA and this is just the beginning of this legal battle.
click on link for PETA Court Ruling:

Now for further embarrassment please watch this video clip of the NC Senators voting on this bill, their pokes and jabs at Bob Barker, the immature comments about Spay & Neuter and further unprofessional behavior coming from the NC Senators while in secession. Please wait and listen to the first few minutes which is about a separate bill, but directly after the Housing Bill you will see how the North Carolina Senators acted while in secession.
If the North Carolina Senators act this poorly while in secession on camera, heavens forbid how they act while off camera in their own groups.
Why did North Carolina need to create a bill such as this? Why not ask the people of Brasstown about their New Years Traditions of dropping a possum held in a glass box as their symbol on how to start the New Year off. All of this money and time used so one town in NC can have their tradition versus being more humane and less self absorbed and not using NC Wildlife in such an event. Who lives in this town that a bill needed to surround one event? As long as you write the check you can have any bill signed into law that you want in North Carolina it seems.
Link for Brasstown event:
North Carolina clearly shows with this one bill their lack of compassion and humane treatment for their own Wildlife. Maybe this is why North Carolina is listed as a HIGH KILL STATE for their reckless behavior for the 340,000 domestic animals they euthanize in their county animals shelters each year along with their lack of Spay & Neuter Requirements to even attempt to reduce their euthanasia's numbers.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cabarrus County NC makes a positive move to stop using the gas chamber

Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

Cabarrus County switches to euthanizing animals by injection

Until July 1, Cabarrus County was one of only a few of North Carolina’s 100 counties that used a gas chamber to euthanize animals.

The county had practiced that method for several years. But now, thanks to a recent partnership between Cabarrus County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County, a county veterinarian administers lethal injections.

The local Humane Society, with help from an inspector with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, pushed to change the method. Judy Sims, executive director of the area Humane Society, said it’s considered the preferred method because it’s more humane and less stressful on the animals, and it’s safer for the people handling the animals. Because of its outreach efforts and its partnership with animal control, the society recently was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States.

Sims said they will use the money to educate the public about the new injection method and to buy various items for the shelter, including pet beds, vaccines and brochures that promote responsible pet ownership.

The Humane Society and animal control celebrated their one-year partnership early in July, and Sims said working together has allowed them to significantly reduce the county’s euthanasia rate.“We have seen a steady decline, and the numbers speak for themselves,” said Sims.

In January 2010, more than 90 percent of the animals in animal control’s possession were euthanized, said Sims. In January of this year, that number dropped below 30 percent. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the euthanasia rate for all animals was 76 percent. The following year during the same quarter, that rate dropped to 28 percent. In the third quarter of 2011, the overall rate was 58 percent, compared to 44 percent in the third quarter of 2012.

“Moving from the gas chamber to injections is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s going on in Cabarrus County with regards to their animals,” said Sims. “It’s all about humane treatment of animals. And because we have a rescue coordinator and we’re using social media, we’re able to reach a larger audience.”Before the two groups partnered, Animal Control was in charge of day-to-day tasks and surrendered animals to the Humane Society, which also provided adoption services.

 About a year ago, the Humane Society was awarded a contract from the county to take over some operations at the Animal Control facility on N.C. 49 in Concord. A rescue coordinator position also was added.

“We’ve done a really nice job, and our partnership has been really effective,” said Sims.The gas chamber can hold multiple caged animals, depending on their size, said Sims. Because animals have different breathing rates, the gas may not work as quickly on some – and sometimes not fully on others.

The chamber is roughly 5 feet by 9 feet, with a small window on a door. A cage is rolled into the chamber, which is then sealed, and the gas is released. The gas used is mostly carbon monoxide, said Sims. After the animals have been in the chamber for several minutes, someone has to verify that they are dead. The injection method will eliminate that part of the process.

“When you’re using the gas chamber and you’re euthanizing large quantities, it’s more stressful. And the distribution of the gas is not always even,” said Sims. “When you’re using injections, it’s one at a time; the animals are by themselves … and they just drift off to sleep in a very peaceful manner.”

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Many North Carolina Animal Shelters prefer to "paw" off their responsibility versus addressing these issues in their own respective counties

We have some wonderful animal shelters here in North Carolina where you will be meet with a friendly staff, open doors along with fully vetted and vaccinated animals up for adoption. However if you take a second look you will find many county animals shelters in North Carolina whose policy on animals welfare is they have no policy, or what they have changes by the hour.

In North Carolina you will find so many animals shelters that are not even open 12 hrs a week, you will find shelters that the staff does just about everything to discourage the public from coming into their shelter but what  should be a major concern for anyone else is that many of these animals are never vaccinated ( not even for rabies) let alone not spayed or neutered before they are adopted or taken in by a rescue group. So what are we doing in NC to reduce the number of unwanted animals that make their way into our county shelter system? We ship them off to other states for them to deal with.

I think it’s wonderful for those who have their heart in the right place and want to save a “ Southern Animal” from a high kill shelter. But at what point and after how many years are we going to tolerate the same process every day that never seems to address the issue at hand of reducing the number of unwanted animals and the health concerns of our state to help reduce the spread of rabies, parvo, distemper, heartworms and more?

How or why would North Carolina allow any animal to leave from their shelters with no vaccinations whatsoever? Let alone allowing these animals back out into the population without being altered? Why do we not see all of the counties in North Carolina signing up for the State Spay & Neuter Program? Why do we not see some local Vets in each county offer to aid in reducing the numbers of unwanted animals by allowing a lower cost spay and neuter program to the local residents of their county even if they choose to do” x”  number a year?

We can all agree with North Carolina being such a high kill state, even with the heavy influx of out-of-state rescue groups and adoptions, clearly we have a problem and it’s staring us right in the face.

NC needs to address their lack of Spay and Neuter issues one county at a time, same with the lack of  vaccinations. If everyone would get on board and stop burying their head in the sand we could reduce our unwanted animal numbers in the first year alone just by spay and neuter.


a)      Enact an animal licensing fee in each county, even if it’s only $5.00. Start the process and grow from here.

b)      Establish a core group of local veterinarians in each county and ask them to help with a free spay and neuter clinic a few times a year. Even if each vet office only committed to 20-30 spay and neuters a quarter or year, could you image the impact it would have long term?

c)       Require every county animal shelter to ensure each animal is spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Raise your adoption fee to offset these requirements.

d)      Require every county to ensure each animal is vaccinated esp. for rabies prior to allowing them to be adopted. For those too young to be fully vaccinated, require the disposition paperwork to be returned to the shelter once that animal reaches the appropriate age. If the paperwork is not returned then that person or group is placed on a state-wide bolo alert as a do-not-adopt.

This is just a start, I’m sure with the large number of Animal Advocates and Animal Rescue Groups, we can devise a game plan to address these desperately needed changes. And of course for 2014 to be the year for a Commercial, Non Commercial Breeder Bill or Puppy Mill Bill to be signed into law.

North Carolina Shelters are overflowing with litter after litter of kittens and puppies slated to die in 72 hrs. Is this really the best North Carolina can do?  It might be the situation today but I feel confident if we all place our focus on the core issues at hand we can change this and be a much more humane and progressive state on domesticated animal related issues.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Update on the NC Wildlife Policy and our NC County Animal Shelters

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Update on NC Animal Shelter Events: In late April 2013, most is not all NC County Animal Shelters were sent a reminder to NOT be transporting or euthanizing our wildlife unless they show signs of rabies. And if they shows signs of rabies then other steps must take place, not just euthanasia. If your NC County Animal Shelter is still euthanizing our wildlife for lack of knowledge or for the “ thrill”, please step up, write down the events that took place and contact both the NC Wildlife Commission( POC is Gordon Myers)  Phone: 919-707-0010   email or  and the NC   Dept of Agra at                            

Opossums are not vicious creatures,  their only means to frighten you is to show their teeth and play dead. Please respect our wildlife in NC and let’s learn to co-exist. Same for foxes, skunks, bats, beavers and so on.

To read the PDF in full:\Go then go to the right of the page and click on the link for PDF for ACO and wild animals


Thursday, July 25, 2013

NC Animal Shelter Sanitation Rules

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My local animal shelter hose down and clean the kennels with the animals still in the cage, is this acceptable in a NC County Animal Shelter? The answer No.
The animals must be removed from the kennels during the cleaning process for a number of reasons to include the assurance that the animal is not coming into contact with the cleaners and disinfectants, to keep the animal dry esp. if it's a younger animal to ensure it stays clean and dry to better fend off the parvo or distemper virus, but mainly to be humane to these shelter animals who have found their way into a shelter environment that's unfamiliar and frightening to them. And last but not least as it's part of our NC Animal Welfare Act that these shelters must abide by.
What should you do if you see a NC County Shelter employee using cleaning products or a water hose in an kennel while the animal is still housed inside? Document the events. Write down the time, the employee's name, the kennel number or ID number of the animal, take a picture if possible and report this to the shelter manager immediately but also follow up with an email to the NC Department of Agriculture on these events to ensure this situation doesn't happen again.
Email address for the NC Dept. Of Agriculture:

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

NC makes provisions thru the general statues for animals left unattended in vehicles

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A huge thanks to Pricey Harrision for her hard work to make sure this provision was included with SB 626. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

NC Public Schools benefit from animal advocates, did you know that?

How does your child going to a NC public school have any connection to my volunteer work as an Animal Advocate?  I’m about to show you the direct connect and why I would welcome any support to help my cause which in turns helps your child’s education here in NC.

First of all please view the first screen shot from the NC School Board Association of NC. Pay close attention to the line that states “ North Carolina Constitution requires that public schools receive “the clear proceeds of all penalties and forfeitures and of all fines collected in the several counties for any breach of the penal laws of the State.”

Then view the second screen shot from the NC General Statues Articles 31 A  115C-457.1  Creation of Funds
Now please view the 3rd screen shot from the NC Dept of Agriculture site for civil penalties and fines accessed. When you view this screen shot or link for full view, you will find very few civil penalties placed and even less collected by the NC dept of Agriculture due to their lack of due diligence to uphold the current NC General Statues 130A-192 or the NC Animal Welfare Act. This shows a lesser amount of money going to your kids education here in North Carolina that what should be and therefore shows the connect of my work as and Animal Advocate and your child’s future education in the State of North Carolina.

Whether you have an animal or even care about animals in general my hopes are with me explaining how our NC School System could be awarded more money to keep the classrooms with teachers, with the much needed supplies or even the security to keep them safe while at school, I might be able to get you to view the issues and concerns some of us have with our County Animal Shelters in a different light.

I understand many people want to label all animal advocates as extremists, but if you look past those extremists you will find a large amount of caring individuals who work for the animals and their better care from their hearts and their own wallets. With any concern or issue in our world you will always find extremists, people who only scream and yell profanity’s and run without correct facts. However there are those of us that work only with facts, we work to help change the inhumane conditions that many of our homeless animals find themselves in even those that make their way into some of our failing county animal shelters.

We do understand that some wonderful shelters exists in NC along with a caring and humane staff, and this is not to taint those and their efforts. But sadly we do have a high number of county animal shelters that refuse to be humane to the animals in their care, who refuse to follow the current Animal Welfare Act as it’s written, and we do have a high number of shelter employees that need to be re-trained or possible be moved over to a different county positions.

We have county animal shelters that are feeding animals mouldy food, not removing the fecal matter from their water bowls, not going in on their weekend shift to care for the animals locked inside those cages, we have county animal shelter employee’s refusing to take pictures of the animals  in their care, those who refuse vet care to sick and injured animals along with a high number of shelters who are euthanizing animals every day with no weigh scales prior to injecting them with fatal plus or another narcotic which you can view in the below screen shot needs to be followed.

We are more than halfway into 2013 and still the NC General Assembly still has been unable to move forward in correcting their own mistake with SB 467 (  GS 130 A-192 ) signed into law by then Governor Bev Purdue on July 7, 17, 2009.

4 years later, with many major agencies and overseeing offices being made aware on this issue, they have sat by and allowed a law to remain on the books under the incorrect enforcement office and done little to nothing to correct their own original mistakes. My question is how many other laws are on the books in NC just as this one under the incorrect enforcement office and basically making them null and void?


Sunday, July 7, 2013

NC's AG GAG BILL wants to cover up what's in your meat

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Just about all of us no matter where you live should be very concerned if NC approves the NC SB 648 better known as the” AG GAG Bill”. Why? NC is the primary state that ships your local grocery store their Butterball Turkeys, Bacon, Jimmy Dean Sausage, Perdue Chicken and more. Next time you sit down to bite into any form of meat you need to ask yourself, how safe is it for you to eat? How sanitary are the factory farms and slaughter houses now that NC wants to make it illegal for anyone to obtain the truth behind those closed doors on any of the conditions that take place. Speaking of all those food recalls, those came from a whistle blower that now NC wants to place in jail for speaking the truth. We need more transparency in today’s world, esp. with our food supply, not more cover ups. Step up, Speak out and tell NC that this is unacceptable and to withdraw this bill.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Stop the Puppy Mills of NC, H.B. 930 needs your voice

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Dear North Carolina Advocates:

At a recent press conference held in support of North Carolina House Bill 930 and hosted by First Lady Ann McCrory, two puppy mill survivors helped us lobby legislators on the importance of saving our state’s dogs from the inhumane conditions that they were lucky to survive.

H.B. 930, which will require large-scale dog breeders (those with more than 10 breeding dogs) to meet humane standards of care, passed the House of Representatives by a landslide in May, but the Senate has yet to act.

Because neighboring states Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee have enacted strong laws to protect commercially bred dogs and North Carolina has not, our state now finds itself with an enormous puppy mill problem. It’s time to step up, improve our law, and prevent future suffering.
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Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to email your state senator in Raleigh and urge him or her to support this critical puppy mill bill. North Carolina’s session ends in a few weeks—we have no time to lose.

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