Person Co. Animal Services admits to unlawfully euthanizing animals


Person County Animal Services is in danger of losing its license after it admitted to state officials animals were unlawfully euthanized.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is in the process renewing the licenses for all 800-plus facilities that deal with animals in the state.

The department said one in particular, Person County Animal Services, stood out while reviewing applications.

During conversations with the facility, Dr. Patricia Norris, the director of Animal Welfare with the Department of Agriculture, said PCAS admitted to breaking the Animal Welfare Act by euthanizing cats and dogs before the 72-hour holding period, thereby not providing veterinary care.

According to notes taken by the Department of Agriculture, Kellie Oakley with Person County Animal Services said, “The shelter does not provide veterinary care. If the animal is not going to a rescue, it is euthanized.”

Norris said, “With their honesty, we can now get to the root of the problem and find a solution. When you have a limited budget and so many priorities, and you have so many animals, i’m not unsympathetic to this. But we’ve got to find a way, to fix this particular problem.”

According to Norris they communicated with the shelter three times and have now given it a warning notice.

The shelter has two weeks to respond.

If it says they will not comply, then it could have its license taken away.

To find out how many animals are euthanized at PCAS and other animal shelters in North Carolina click here.

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