In Greensboro, North Carolina the county animal shelter was fined $2,500 on Wednesday for leaving dogs outdoors with no protection from the direct sun. An inspection last week discovered a dozen dogs left outside in kennels made out of metal sheeting. In a previous report from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the animal services director was told to stop placing dogs outdoors.
Drew Brinkley, the director of Guilford County Animal Services, resigned shortly after the news of the fine had been levied. County Manager Marty Lawing confirmed Brinkley’s resignation and stated they would be looking for a person to hold the position on an interim basis while searching for a permanent director.
According to the Greensboro News and Record, Brinkley took over Guilford County’s Animal Services Department August 2016, after the previous director, Logan Rustan abruptly quit a few months earlier. The previous, now-defunct United Animal Coalition, had lost its license after an investigation by the state uncovered dozens of examples of animal cruelty and neglect. Since the upheaval, the shelter has passed most of the state inspections, however state officials warned the shelter not to put the dogs outdoors without adequate protection from the sun:
“At the time of inspection, it was very hot and the animals were in the direct sun,” according to the citation from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. “These kennels have metal sheeting on top, sides and back … which intensifies the sun’s heat.”
It is not known why the shelter staff ignored the orders from the state, however the recommendations certainly were reasonable. Don’t shelter dogs deserve more than what they received? Weigh in on your opinion.
(Photos from North Carolina Guilford County Animal Services dogs for adoption.)
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