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Posted: 7:07 pm EST March 5, 2011Updated: 8:40 pm EST March 5, 2011
CHESTERFIELD CO., SC -- A day after an animal rescue group was tipped off that dogs from the Chesterfield County animal shelter were shot and dumped across the street, people outraged by the incident visited the shelter looking for answers.

Sheriff Sam Parker told Eyewitness News that his office is looking into the incident, but South Carolina state law says in some cases, shooting an animal is legal. The law states shooting may be used as a means of euthanasia, but only in an emergency situation. It goes on to say that shooting an animal is legal to "prevent extreme suffering, to protect people, or control the population of feral animals."

Saturday, more than two dozen people stood outside closed fences at the Chesterfield County animal shelter. Some looking for answers about what happened yesterday, others looking to adopt a cat or dog. Diana Braun has four dogs at home in Concord. When she heard about what happened, she came to get more.

"Sickened. Sickened and angry," Braun said when asked how she felt about what happened.

Friday, volunteers with a rescue group were tipped off that at least three, and likely many more, dogs were taken to a trench at a landfill across the street from the shelter where they were shot and buried. When Eyewitness News went back out Saturday, there were blood trails, bullet casings and the rotting corpses of at least three dogs sticking out of dirt mound.

Whitney Knowlton traveled from Long Island, New York Friday night when she found out what happened.

"By killing them the day before adoption hours open, they didn't even give them a chance," said Knowlton, who works with Last Chance Animal Rescue.

Eyewitness News asked to speak with someone with the shelter Saturday afternoon, but the animal rescue group, Paws and Claws, who helps with the adoption process, was told not to let the media in. Eyewitness News reporter Andrew Doud called Sheriff Parker who gave permission for the media to go inside where there were dozens of dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. But no one could explaine exactly what happened with the dogs who were shot to death. Animal control employees are responsible for euthanizing animals, but they weren't there because they don't work on weekends.

Sheriff Parker says they are conducting an investigation and the findings will be turned over to the 4th Circuit Solicitor. Sheriff Parker says they will take the appropriate actions based on those findings.

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(3) Shooting:
Shooting may be used as a means of euthanasia only in an emergency situation to prevent extreme suffering or in which the safety of people or other animal life is threatened or where it is considered necessary by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to eliminate or control the population of feral animals.
(B) In any of the previously listed methods, an animal may not be left unattended between the time euthanasia procedures have commenced and the time death occurs, and the animal's body may not be disposed of until death is confirmed by a certified euthanasia technician.

From the SC code. Unless there is some mitigating circumstances, firearm euthanasia does not seem to be appropriate. Look forward to hearing the explanation. And, I'd be interested to see the outcome of a public records request with the certified euthanasia technicians sign off on the dogs.

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(3) Shooting:
Shooting may be used as a means of euthanasia only in an emergency situation to prevent extreme suffering or in which the safety of people or other animal life is threatened or where it is considered necessary by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to eliminate or control the population of feral animals.
(B) In any of the previously listed methods, an animal may not be left unattended between the time euthanasia procedures have commenced and the time death occurs, and the animal's body may not be disposed of until death is confirmed by a certified euthanasia technician.

From the SC code. Unless there is some mitigating circumstances, firearm euthanasia does not seem to be appropriate. Look forward to hearing the explanation. And, I'd be interested to see the outcome of a public records request with the certified euthanasia technicians sign off on the dogs.
As per ACO Kip Gulledge who is also a Litter Control Officer as is lead ACO Brian Burch http://bit.ly/hRFFHW dogs shot are not listed on euth log. Only dogs destroyed by lethal injection are put on list. Agency stopped using gas chamber in August 2010.

Sheriff Sam Parker, his secretary, 3 volunteers from Paws and Claws, founder Jerry Gaskins, Deborah Farhi, Amy Yow [ + 5 detectives coming and going].
1.) sheriff called ACO Kip & requested Euthanasia log; 2.) when ACO delivered sheriff asked if dogs shot were on log; 3.) ACO replied negative, only dogs destroyed by lethal injection are on log; 4.) sheriff stated shooting dogs is legal; 5.) sheriff stated "I'll call them myself, but SLED South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will not touch this." Some volunteers allege dogs shot had not been impounded and kept five days. ** Were this to be proved agency would be in violation of Animal Welfare and Protection Act. USDA - APHIS There is/are 24/7 surveillance cameras at agency.
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