WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — For some time, issues surrounding the Columbus County Animal Shelter have been making headlines. Now, allegations about the early euthanization of a pit bull in the shelter’s care has state officials asking questions, too.
According to a penalty issued by the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the shelter put down a pit bull on May 21. The pit bull was allegedly dropped off at the shelter on May 19 meaning they did not wait the minimum 72-hour holding period before putting the dog down. There is also no record of the dog having any medical need to be euthanized prior to that holding period being over.
They have 30 days from the time the penalty was issued to file that appeal or pay a $5,000 fine for the violations.
Bladen County Manager William Clark said the county does not feel the shelter did anything wrong in euthanizing the dog and plans to appeal, but he did admit to the shelter’s problems.
“It’s been an on-going issue for years and years and years, and hopefully we’ve dealt with it appropriately and will continue to deal with it appropriately,” Clark said.
Animal Control Director Rossie Hayes would not talk about the case. He told us to speak with the county attorney who has not gotten back to us.