Animal Shelter Cruel and Horrific Killings - The Petition Site
This is an excerpt from the letter sent today by Joy Bertrand to the Robeson County Shelter Manager
Heartstick euthanasia although less expensive and approved by the United States Humane Society to be applied when the animal is unconscious. The American Veterinary Medical Association says, for example, "Intracardiac injection is acceptable only when performed on heavily sedated, anesthetized or comatose animals, owing to the difficulty and unpredictability of performing the injection accurately."
The Robeson County Shelter is not sedating animals before conducting this otherwise painful procedure. In fact, as will be discussed further below, witnesses have observed the SHELTER WORKERS ENJOY DOING IT.
Shelter Director Jeff Bass excuse for using heartstick belies the fact that the facility is properly heartsticking animals. To do so would require shelter staff to sedate the animal first. To sedate an animal would require the same IV set-up that would allow the shelter to then simply euthanize using the same IV. So, the saving argument by Jeff Bass is ridiculous, if the shelter is properly administering the procedure.
In January, 2010, a rescue volunteer observed firsthand that not only is the shelter NOT sedating animals before heartsticking, but the shelter workers took pleasure in hurting the animals. As demonstrated in the attached letter to Health Director Bill Smith by Rochelle Dudgeon, a rescue volunteer, she was in the shelter to pull animals when:
I heard 2 men talking as they walked down the right side isle [sic]. I heard them enter a kennel and then make the statement -Now suffer on this you son of a bitch.- I thought I heard wrong so I stood up and looked over in the direction they were. They were in the 12th kennel on the far right from the front door. They had a pole in their hand and were jabbing something. Then I heard the most horrific screams from an animal that I have ever heard in my whole life. The men sat over the dog and laughed as it screamed in pain for about 1-2 minutes. Honestly it felt like 10 minutes. I hurried up and crouched back down in the kennel as I didn't want them to see me. I heard them drag the dog off.
Ms. Dudgeon observed these shelter workers commit a felony under North Carolina law. N.C.G.S.A. 14-360(b) and (c) provide:
any person shall maliciously torture, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, disfigure, poison, or kill, or cause or procure to be tortured, mutilated, maimed, cruelly beaten, disfigured, poisoned, or killed, any animal, every such offender shall for every such offense be guilty of a Class I felony. . . As used in this section, the words torture, torment, and cruelty include or refer to any act, omission, or neglect causing or permitting unjustifiable pain, suffering, or death.
Letter to Robeson County Manager sent today March 7th, 2010
By Joy Bertrand
Please read the letter that entails information about fraud, animal cruelty and deceit
These methods are being performed by non-professionals which even by a professional produces the same fear,agony & suffering.25-30 animals at a time can be stuffed into the chamber,screaming,howling,crying out,choking,vomiting,bleeding,fighting each other,urinating,deficating, clawing to get out while ripping their claws out & banging their heads against the chamber wall during this process,some even in carriers or traps or with muzzles on their snouts to make the horror even worse and even different species mixed in together..Many convulse go into comas & are buried alive or thrown in the garbage alive.Pregnant & senior animals take longer to die.Some are taken from the shelter to veterinarian/vet tech schools to practice on & then returned to the shelter to die horrifically after their horror at the school.All animals take about 30-45 mins to die.Some are gased 2-3 times.
This article was written Wed Oct 1 16:50:55 EDT 2003
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The intracardial (IC)/heart stick on an unsedated animal is considered in the veterinarian and euthanasia community to be a deplorable "technique"
NC Gen Stat 14-360 et seq.
Cruelty to animals is defined as: %u201Cintentionally overdrive, overload, wound, injure, torment, kill, or deprive of necessary sustenance, or cause or procure to be overdriven, overloaded, wounded, injured, tormented, killed, or deprived of necessary sustenance,%u201D which is a Class 1 Misdemeanor with fines and imprisonment at the discretion of the court.
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