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From 24 December 2001 Issue
Cruelty At Robeson County Pound
PETA has been in contact with regard to deplorable living
conditions, improper handling and care, and cruel killing procedures at
the Robeson County pound. When PETA learned that workers were killing
animals using painful "heart sticks," the organization paid to send three
Robeson county employees to euthanasia training. County officials repeatedly
assured the public and PETA that the shelter would, from then on, only use
painless intravenous injections to euthanize animals and would use
their training to handle the animals gently.
But undercover footage, taken just days ago, tells a far different story. Workers — three of whom PETA sent to euthanasia training — are shown plunging a needle into the sensitive tissue around animals’ hearts while the animals are fully conscious, an illegal killing technique condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association because the injection can cause pain penetrating the muscles surrounding the heart. Animals are killed in plain view of one another in an assembly-line fashion, dropped, slapped, stepped on, pinned to the ground, left to convulse, and thrown into a wheelbarrow on top of dying and dead animals while they are still alive. The video shows a cat suspended by a catchpole noose tight around her neck, the stick propped against the wall, her legs kicking, left to suffer and slowly die, unattended, after she is stabbed in the heart with a needle.
Robeson County’s unwanted animals are entitled to basic protections under the state law. Please contact Robeson County officials immediately. Tell them to stop permitting pound employees to kill animals because they are unfit to do so humanely and legally and to acquire the assistance of a qualified veterinarian to perform intravenous euthanasia. Urge them to take action immediately to bring the Robeson County pound up to at least the minimum state requirements. North Carolina residents, please also write to your legislators today and demand that all county and municipal animal shelters be subjected to inspection and regulation by the state Department of Agriculture, just as privately owned or operated shelters are.
Robeson County Commissioners:
Johnny Hunt, Chair
Luther W. Herdon
Gary N. Powers
H.T. Taylor Jr.
Robeson County Courthouse
701 N. Elm St.
Lumberton, NC 28358-4891
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