Update on two North Carolina court cases shows cats just can’t find justice

This is an update on the Barbara Hart animal cruelty case coming out of Salisbury, North Carolina. PoC covered the breaking news in articles posted May 11 and May 17, 2017. A footnote is also included on Terry Ray Beasley, the man who abandoned 17 cats in Garner, North Carolina in late November 2016.

Barbara Hart

The announcement that Hart had been charged with nine counts of animal cruelty devastated the cat advocacy community. The investigation is reported to stem from five years worth of complaints by the neighbors. The Board of Directors of Eaman Park Pool, which is located adjacent to Hart’s backyard, had also complained.

A total of five dogs allegedly left without fresh food or water were seized and four dead cats were removed from the home, which included three dead and decaying cats found behind a couch and a cat skull located under the bed.

Hart made her first appearance in court in Salisbury (Rowan County) on June 12. As with most animal cruelty cases we see tried in North Carolina, the case was postponed until July 24, 2017. People who want to see justice done take time off of work to attend these trials, only to learn they’ve been rescheduled for a month or two down the road.

It’s a tragedy that cases are put off and put off until nothing happens to the abuser. This was the case with Terry Ray Beasley, who was tried in court last week in the case of the cats dumped in Garner, NC. He was in jail between May 5 and June 6, went to court June 6 and got off with ‘time served.’ In other words, he got away with his crime. From what I’ve learned, Beasley was transferred to another jail to face charges for another or his crimes.

Sadly Barbara Hart will likely escape appropriate punishment as easily as the infamous Julianne Westberry who was given probation after dozens of dead cats were found in her Belton, South Carolina home.

Elaine White is still searching for the cat Hart took from the Rowan County shelter. That article is here.


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Update on two North Carolina court cases shows cats just can’t find justice — 24 Comments

  1. This all happens in North Carolina Ms Marleen and wither Y’all have shitty laws or shitty Judges and District Attorney’s but it seems like to me and the one recurring theme is that you can basically get away with most anything criminal in North Carolina Ms Marleen he’ll they ought to hang out the Criminal Welcome sign saying come to North Carolina and get away with anything. Seems like it to me anyways.

      • No , it’s just animal abusers that get the get out of jail free pass here in North Carolina. Animal rigjts here suck.

        • shelters are required by law to keep record of every animal which passes thru their shelter for 3 yrs, request dept of ag pull her record book and demand she be held accountable. if they refuse, being the dept of ag, they are violating the law, dept of ag issues licenses they are accountable by law to protect animals in shelters. force them to do their job.
          there is also the pledges collected , innocent people pledge hard earned money to rescues which is to be used for the cat it is pledged for , vetting, shots, whatever it needs , not for the rescue to run on , the shelter must hustle donations for the shelter expenses, the rescue must hustle money for rescue expenses, i have seen rescues bounce around shelter to shelter and collect 50 / 75 cats a day. they add up quickly and are disposed of. no one can care for that many. if you see this demand the dept of ag hold them accountable, force the good ole boys to serve the public and enforce the law.

  2. And this is why the nightmare for the animals continues. . No justice is ever served! No strict laws enforced.It’s absolutely sickening.
    These piece of crap people should rot behind bars.

    • Agreed but I think there is a very gradual change for the better in the enforcement of animal welfare laws. It looks bleak sometimes but a slight change for the better is coming.

  3. If a rescue is sending to an out of state rescue they have to do their due diligence and check them out. Google their org, and ask for a vet reference, at the very least.

  4. One of the reasons that all rescues need to be investigated and checked on. Many times pets are sent to out of state rescues. How do you truly know they are going to safe rescues? You don’t! And a 501c3 doesn’t make it a better rescue. It just lets you deduct your donation and gives them tax exempt status and fundraising.

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