Re: WV Animal Shelter killed my puppy...broke the law
- One further note: I would contact national organizations such as
PeTA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
> A similar situation kept happening in my town. We sat in on city
> council meetings, wrote letters to the newspaper, staged a march
> through our town which ended on the courthouse steps. Eventually,
> they investigated and got rid of the shelter's director. The new
> director is a great animal-lover- the city council made sure of
> after all the bad press. Find out who on your city council wouldI
> also support you.
> --- In email@example.com, "Michelle
> Bailey" <webwiz@c...> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > My name is Michelle and I live in Mercer County, West Virginia.
> just recently joined this group and hope to be able to learn a lot29th
> about protecting animals in my community.
> > I have one very important question that I'd like to start out
> with, if anyone could help. How do I get started in filing a
> complaint against my local county-operated animal shelter for
> blatantly breaking both WV State and Federal laws when it comes to
> the 5-day holding period before they're allowed to adopt out or
> > One of my puppies was taken to the animal shelter on December
> at 2pm by a neighbor who mistakenly thought someone had "dropped"3
> her in his yard. They euthanized her at 5:30pm the same day...just
> and a half hours after she got there. I found out where she wasthe
> next morning and was the first person in the door when theyopened,
> to pick up my puppy. They lied to me and told me she'd beenadopted
> out. After pressing them and threatening to go to the magistrateif
> they didn't get my puppy back from whoever took her, they FAKED adays
> phone call right in front of me where they pretended to contact
> the "adoptive parents". The employee then stated that the adoptive
> parents had said No, they want to keep her. This went on for 3
> before finally the director of the animal shelter called me afterthe
> hours at home and said that she'd just found out that my puppy had
> actually been euthanized. She admitted that they do this all of
> time, but that this was the first time they'd gotten caught. I'vepayoff
> got all of that on tape, per advice from my local State police
> station. The director also admitted that they'll run into this
> same "issue" again this week, next week, the next week...etc. So
> they have no intention of abiding by the law.
> > No attorney in my town will represent me because of two reasons
> they've all supplied me with: 1) There won't be a big enough
> to make it worth their while OR 1) They're friends with the countyquestion
> commissioner and it would be a conflict of interests. So my
> is...if a county-operated facility, which is funded by thepoint
> government, does not have to abide by either state or federal
> laws...why does anyone else have to? And has it gotten to the
> where if the crime you commit doesn't result in a huge financialI
> payout, it's ok for you to commit that crime because no one will
> > I am at my wit's end with this and don't know where to go next.
> finally talked the animal shelter into releasing the body of mytaken
> puppy to me this past monday...on the 5th day after she'd been
> there. They dug her out of their deep freezer located outsidebehind
> their building and handed her to me in a black trash bag. I had toher.
> let her thaw out for a day and a half before we could re-shape her
> so that she would fit into the makeshift casket we'd gotten for
> This whole ordeal has been a nightmare and has completely devastedmama
> my family. We helped that little puppy into the world when her
> had trouble giving birth, and we've been with her every single daythe
> of her life. She was only 3 months old. That little baby meant the
> world to my husband and me and we have not been able to get past
> hurt or the feeling of utter helplessness.
> > Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to at least prevent
> this from continuing to happen, and to hold those accountable that
> make the decisions to break these laws on a regular basis?
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Michelle Bailey
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