The animal advocacy community has kept their eyes on North Carolina over the summer, as allegations against both the Guilford and Davidson County animal shelter have made national news. This has resulted in an historic fine of $300,000 being issued against the nonprofit United Animal Coalition (UAC) after abuse and neglect allegations came in during the summer.
The UAC has 66 violations issued against them including failure to provide veterinary care to injured animals. According to Durham Local News, there were a total of 71 violations. Sixty seven involved failure to provide adequate medical care for the animals. Only one violation was linked to Guilford, with the rest occurring at Davidson. Five more violations involved failure to provide rabies vaccinations within 15 days at the Guilford County Animal Shelter.
Public Affairs Director for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Brian Long stated in an interview with Fox8 News:
“These were some severe violations of the law. Things like broken legs, animals that had been hit by cars, animals with a variety of broken bones and other types of medical issues.”
The biggest fine ever issued has been broken down at $290,000 against the UAC at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, with the remaining fine of $10,000 against Davidson County Animal Shelter. Both shelters had their UAC licenses revoked by the state in August 2015. The respective counties have taken control of both shelters.
Fox8 asked for a comment by Carolyn Cudd, president of the United Animal Coalition. Cudd said she didn’t know how the group would pay the fine and hadn’t heard about the decision. Then she hung up the phone. The UAC has 60 days to pay the fine, appeal the decision or reach a settlement with the state of North Carolina.
This is major news for the shelter animals in North Carolina, as animal advocates are determined to be the voice of the dogs and cats who enter the shelter system at some of the worst shelters in the country. Two shelters exposed, but many more need a major overhaul or animals will continue to suffer in their care.