SC Attorney General Orders Changes at Chesterfield Co. Animal Shelter
CHESTERFIELD CO., S.C. - It started out as a FOX Charlotte investigation, and now the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter has agreed to inspections and strict record keeping, as ordered by the South Carolina Attorney General.
The consent order came down late Wednesday afternoon, five months after FOX Charlotte reported shot dogs had been discovered in an unpermitted landfill across the street from the shelter.
The Attorney General says the shelter workers "failed to follow authorized euthanasia procedures." Click here to read the consent order: http://www.scag.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/chesterfield.pdf
The Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Humane Society will now randomly inspect the facility and its drug records.
As FOX Charlotte first reported Tuesday night, Sheriff Sam Parker fired the four workers at the center of this issue Monday. He says, "At this time or any other time, I feel that I could not hire them back by no way shape or form." Parker also says, "I will comply with anything that the AG's office issues." And, "Shooting animals is not going to happen, can't say it's not 100%, but I'm 99.9% sure that it will never happen again in that shelter. Again, we're going to follow the guidelines."
The county has to vote on the consent order, which the Sheriff tells us will probably happen next week. Then, the shelter has 30 days to comply or risk civil and criminal penalties. Parker hopes to fill the vacant shelter positions with sworn officers by next week.