Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What simple required item is missing from many North Carolina Animal Shelters?

You guessed it, scales. In North Carolina we have many county animal shelters euthanizing animals daily and not following the AVMA, AHA or HSUS Guidelines of weighing an animal prior to euthanasia. Why is such an essential item missing from our NC high kill shelters? And why is this marked acceptable on the NC Department of Agriculture State Inspection Forms?

We can not rely on the euthanasia staff to state they can view any animal and guess it's weight, therefore they don't see the need for a set of scales, as many of these sames shelters list animals via the wrong sex. So if you can not tell the difference of a male versus a female animal why should we be comfortable that you can size up the weight of an animal prior to euthanasia?

Taken straight from the American Humane Handbook on Euthanasia for animals, why is this not being adhered to in many North Carolina County Animals Shelters?

I urge you to please reach out to the NC Department of Agriculture and press them to require the state inspectors to account for how many county animals shelters have scales on site, what brand and if they are properly working at the time of Inspection.

Link to contact the NC Department of Agriculture:
Other supporting links:

And while your requesting the accounting of scales for euthanasia ask them to account for the stock supply for all the gauge needles and if they are properly being administered for each weight and size of the animals they euthanize as recommended. Due to current complaints we already know we have an issue with some North Carolina County Animals Shelters using the wrong gauge of needles during euthanasia.

It's heartbreaking enough that NC kills as many animals in their shelters as they do but if it's going to be performed should it not be preformed as humanely as possible?

And maybe in the not so distant future we can make it mandatory for all county shelters to also submit their shelter stats to the state for a for accurate accounting of animals euthanized, returned to owner, adopted and so forth. With 9 current counties refusing to report their shelter stats it makes one's mind wonder what they are hiding. The below list the NC Counties that failed to report their 2012 Shelter Stats.

Duplin                 Hoke

Edgecombe        Hyde

Forsyth              Lee

Franklin             Sampson


Thursday, May 23, 2013

The revolving door of homeless Shelter Animals in North Carolina

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 It’s a sad state of affairs and breaks one’s heart if you really look into the North Carolina System, whether it’s failed Inspection reports for simple day to day routines like not serving mouldy food to the animals, not spraying down the kennels with the animals still located inside or something much more heinous like not mixing the correct dosage of the euthanasia drugs when taking an animal’s life.

Thousands upon thousands of North Carolina County Shelter Animals are never ever seen by the General Public before they are killed. Whether it’s the Shelter Staff who chooses to deem a dossal dog aggressive just to kill early, a Shelter Staff who dislikes one breed over another, one size over another, it’s a horrible shame that all of these animals fate are sealed many times by the hands of the wrong people.

In North Carolina most Shelter Staff are hired without any knowledge or background in the field of animals. Most have never been given a copy of the NC Animal Welfare Act to read and understand let alone even been told it exists.   There is no excuse for this lack of training or protocol by either the County’s Hiring Dept. or the Employee’s themselves.

What we have here is a broken system and one that seems very resistant to even entertain positive change for the future as after all this is an Agriculture State, one that prefers to protect the Farmers, Hog’s, Chicken, Turkeys than to take the time to define the distinct difference in these animals. NC is in a state on confusion and confliction as they can’t distinguish the difference in a domesticated animal and a farm animal.
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This is why we are listed as a High Kill State and will most likely be the last State to take progressive measures and end the Gas Chambers for these same Shelter Animals. NC isn’t even entertaining the idea of a Bill to remove their Gassing Chambers anytime soon, this alone shows how far behind the times North Carolina is.

Just remember when travelling thru the State of North Carolina, don’t stop for gas, food or a bathroom break if you have an animal in the vehicle. Because if your beloved family member was to escape, they might find their way into one of these locked down Gassing Shelters who still have not one microchip scanner on site to be used by their employees prior to euthanizing your cherished pet.

Shame on North Carolina and their broken County Shelter System, we are an embarrassment to all!

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To view the full report County by County please click here:

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

The AKC has no standards, stop the madness !

The AKC is a PAY FOR PLAY type of business, wake up and stop following the crowd. Just like Charity Navigator, you pay for your logo, report and status. None of these groups are up to par or use facts before they publish who is approved.  Ask the AKC for all their reports and Inspections of the NC Puppy Mill or Breeders, they do not exist. Or more than likley they were written from their down desk as they do not go out to these locations and Inspect. This is all such a joke ! Shame on all of them: