WRAL reports that Franklin County shelter director Taylor Bartholomew used a .22 caliber rifle to kill an injured Bassett hound in the shelter.
Bartholomew told an NCDA&CS inspector that the Basset hound sustained an injury to the left rear paw during a fight with another dog who was sharing the same kennel. According to the report:
“The dog wasn’t seen by Veterinarian at that time because the wound didn’t appear to be severe. The shelter staff had been cleaning the wound and applying Blue Lotion. However on 7/25/13 the dog was found to be hurt worse then first realized. The dog was chewing on the paw and the dog appeared to be in severe pain. The dog was not taken Veterinarian and the two ACO’s who are CET’S who were working out in the field on this day were not notified to return to the shelter. Mr. Bartholomew decided the injuries were to severe and instead of transporting the dog to a Veterinarian or contacting the CET’S he utilized a 22 rifle and dispatched the dog. The dog didn’t survive.”
According to the animal welfare administrative code, killing animals with gunshot is only permitted “under extraordinary circumstances and situations which occur offsite from the shelter.” Bartholomew told the inspector he did not know he was not allowed to shoot animals on shelter property.
The code also states that only “a Certified Euthanasia Technician, Probationary Euthanasia Technician, or a veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine in North Carolina may euthanize an animal in a certified animal shelter.” Bartholomew is not a certified euthanasia technician.
As a result of breaking the law, Bartholomew received a talking-to by the state inspector, possibly in a very stern voice.
Franklin County did not report their 2012 outcome statistics to NCDA&CS (also a violation of the law.) In 2011, 68% of the pets taken in to the Franklin County pound were killed.