According to a June 24 report by WECT News, an animal shelter in North Carolina has been fined for not following appropriate procedure when euthanizing a dog.
On May 19, two female pit bulls were impounded at the shelter, where they were to have ben held for 72 hours to fulfill minimum requirements of state law hold times before they could be legally euthanized.
One of the dogs was killed on May 21, for no reason such as serious sickness or injury that would have allowed an early euthanasia. The other dog was reclaimed by the owner on May 21.
The notice, dated June 18, was sent to shelter manager Rossie Hayes. The shelter can appeal the penalty within 60 days of receipt or pay the fine. Columbus County Animal Control is required to correct procedures, which includes developing written policies that detail written policies on the circumstances which allow animals to be euthanized, as well as the documentation they’re required to keep on file.
These changes must occur within seven days of receipt from the June 18 notice.