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.