Columbus Co. Animal Control Director bonds out jail after weekend arrest

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The director of the Columbus County Animal Control has been in jail since Saturday after she was arrested on charges including assault. On Monday, Loretta Shipman made her first court appearance.

She was arrested after the Magistrate’s office says her partner filed charges against her. Those charges include assault by pointing a gun, second degree trespassing, and injury to personal property of more than $200.

Shipman was released on a $5,000 bond.

She declined to speak with WWAY after the court appearance.

Sheriff Jody Greene says it is protocol in domestic dispute matters to keep someone in jail until they are able to see a judge. No word yet on the details that led to Shipman’s arrest.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson says county commissioners appointed Sheriff Greene as the interim animal shelter director earlier this month when Shipman went on medical leave.

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