Chesterfield Sheriff Looking for Partial Control of Animal Shelter

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 CHARLOTTE, NC — Animal advocates fear the worst if any part of the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter is returned to the control of the Sheriff’s Office.

WCCB Charlotte obtained a letter dated November 10 that new Sheriff Jay Brooks wrote to County Council Chairman Matt Rivers.  Brooks says he wants control of the Detention Center, E-911 Center and the Animal Cruelty and Litter Control part of the shelter.  We’ve reached out to Brooks and the council, but have not yet heard back.

So far, more than 1,500 people have signed a petition against the Sheriff’s Office regaining control.  In 2011, Council took control after WCCB Charlotte’s investigation into shelter workers shooting animals, one worker’s criminal background, unauthorized possession of firearms and virtually non-existent record-keeping of Schedule II narcotics.