Former NC animal shelter director charged with animal abuse

Marsha Williams, former director of the Guilford County animal shelter. Source: WXII
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said Thursday that he’s charged the former director of the county’s animal shelter with multiple counts of animal abuse.

Marsha Williams will face five misdemeanor counts, and Davidson County officials will be asked to prosecute the case, Barnes said.

UPDATE: Charges dismissed against former NC animal shelter director

Williams already faces a felony animal cruelty charge in connection with an investigation into the Davidson County Animal Shelter. Both shelters were run by United Animal Coalition until the state revoked the group’s license in August.

Thursday’s announcement came more than a week after Guilford County prosecutors declined to file charges due to what they called insufficient evidence. Guilford County deputies said prosecutors couldn’t find enough evidence to single out anybody to charge.

Following the prosecutors’ decision, Barnes said in a Facebook post that dead animals were found stacked five feet high in a freezer, and “someone should have to be held accountable for the pain and suffering of the animals at both shelters.”

Gov. Pat McCrory’s wife, First Lady Ann McCrory, visited Barnes Thursday and offered assistance in handling the case.

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