ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — No violations have been issued to the Rowan County Animal Shelter after an officer allegedly broke a cat’s jaw at the animal shelter, according to the NC Department of Agriculture. The incident apparently happened while the animal was being microchipped.
The cat, Cooper, had to have surgery at a specialty veterinarian clinic in Charlotte to repair its jaw, which was broken in several places.
According to the investigation report from the Department of Agriculture, “The statements of the shelter staff, rescue personnel and veterinarians, the veterinary medical records and the shelter records have been reviewed. This review concludes that as Cooper was provided with access to veterinary care within 30 minutes of injury. Therefore veterinary care was provided as required by 02 N. C. Administration Code .0210 (c). Consequently, the findings of this investigation do not substantiate a violation of the N. C. Animal Welfare Act. The investigation findings have been turned over to the Rowan County Manager’s Office and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department.”
The officer involved was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. Rowan County leaders have refused to confirm whether the officer is still on paid leave.
Cooper is being fostered and is still recovering from the injury. Rowan County leaders have said they will paid for his medical bills.