DHEC Investigates Orangeburg's Animal Control Center

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Nearly 90 percent of animals that walk through the door of Orangeburg County's Animal Control face a death sentence, but is the county euthanizing the animals properly? "Protocal to euthanize animals, includes ... Full Story
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Megan

Lexington, SC

#1 Jun 1, 2007
This is a sad story! It really tugs at my heart to hear something so horrible as this. The individuals that work at this facility need to have major disciplinary action taken against them. It's bad enough that the animals have to be put asleep but not giving them the correct amount of the drug is horrible!
Amy

Columbia, SC

#2 Jun 1, 2007
this is a shame and disgrace! I am a animal lover of all kinds. I care for my animals, they are my children. Someone needs to shut this animal control down and do something with it's employees. Give them a slow and painful death and let them see how it feels.
Sherry M

Columbia, SC

#3 Jun 1, 2007
Amy wrote:
this is a shame and disgrace! I am a animal lover of all kinds. I care for my animals, they are my children. Someone needs to shut this animal control down and do something with it's employees. Give them a slow and painful death and let them see how it feels.
I agree 100%!! The employees need to be tortured first, though, then a slow, painful death !!!
PEGGY

United States

#4 Jun 1, 2007
THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING WHAT THEY WERE TAUGHT TO DO.EVERYONE KHOW ALL THESE ANIMALS CAN AND WILL NO BE OPTOPTED.DON"T FIRE THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU"RE TO DOME TO REALIZE. WOULD YOU RATHER THAT THEY GET RUN OVER SHOT OR OTHER STUPID WAYS
LBS

Sumter, SC

#5 Jun 1, 2007
I know the story is about the abuse at the shelter in Orangeburg, but what got me was the little blurb about the lady who gave up her pets because she couldn't feed them anymore. I mean, kudos that she didn't let them starve to death, but still, don't even get the pet if you can't afford to feed, house, and pay for their vet care. Some people are just so irresponsible. Wonder if she'll takes kids to an orphanage if she can't afford them?
PEGGY

United States

#6 Jun 1, 2007
DON" FIRE THESE PEOPLE. THEY WERE DOING THEIR JOBS. IT IS TO MANNY ANIMALS THAT PEOPLE CAN"T TAKE CARE.PEOPLE MIGHT KNOW WHEN THIS OFFICERS PUT THE ANIMAL TO SLEEP YALL DON?T KNOW WHAT HELL THAT GO THROUGHT.I CAN TELL I KNOW OF ONE THAT CRIES ABOUT THIS,WOULD ALL OF YOU RATHER THE ANIMALS TO GET KILLED BY CARS STARVATION WHAT EVER HAPPENS TO THEM
GUESS

United States

#7 Jun 1, 2007
DON"T be stupid these people were doing what they were suppose to dio
Southern Girl

West Columbia, SC

#8 Jun 1, 2007
Megan wrote:
This is a sad story! It really tugs at my heart to hear something so horrible as this. The individuals that work at this facility need to have major disciplinary action taken against them. It's bad enough that the animals have to be put asleep but not giving them the correct amount of the drug is horrible!
I noticed how the vet never really answered the question... very vague. What are they trying to do? Save money because they have so many animals? The entire situation is a contradiction of what a shelter is!
bob the dinosaur

Pawleys Island, SC

#9 Jun 1, 2007
LBS wrote:
I know the story is about the abuse at the shelter in Orangeburg, but what got me was the little blurb about the lady who gave up her pets because she couldn't feed them anymore. I mean, kudos that she didn't let them starve to death, but still, don't even get the pet if you can't afford to feed, house, and pay for their vet care. Some people are just so irresponsible. Wonder if she'll takes kids to an orphanage if she can't afford them?
I know, right? We feed our dogs the expensive food and it's still way less than a dollar a day. Plus you can get all your pets' shots once a year at those Pet-Med set-ups in parking lots for about $10 per dog/cat. I don't think it was the money. Some people get a pet because it's fun for a while. Then when it's inconvenient, they drop it off. The part about not being able to afford it is garbage.
Lexington Girl

Lexington, SC

#10 Jun 1, 2007
PEGGY wrote:
DON" FIRE THESE PEOPLE. THEY WERE DOING THEIR JOBS. IT IS TO MANNY ANIMALS THAT PEOPLE CAN"T TAKE CARE.PEOPLE MIGHT KNOW WHEN THIS OFFICERS PUT THE ANIMAL TO SLEEP YALL DON?T KNOW WHAT HELL THAT GO THROUGHT.I CAN TELL I KNOW OF ONE THAT CRIES ABOUT THIS,WOULD ALL OF YOU RATHER THE ANIMALS TO GET KILLED BY CARS STARVATION WHAT EVER HAPPENS TO THEM
I don't understand why you sound so mad. Apparently they were not doing their jobs correctly. As a previous business owner if our staff did not do their job correctly they were held accountable. There are plenty of no kill shelters in the area. The woman who hand over her dogs SHOULD worry...she could have gotten some assistance from any of the no kill shelters. They will sometimes even pick them up!
tmcnjgirl

Hudson, NY

#11 Jun 1, 2007
my step-father is an animal control officer in NJ. before they had a no kill shelter and fostering he had to "put animals down". you could always tell when he did because he would come home in a really bad mood. He had to be certified by the state and trained for a certain amount of hours before he was able to do this himself. It used to go to the local vet, until it became to costly.

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Since: Apr 07

America, U,S,A.

#12 Jun 1, 2007
No excuse for animal cruelty!!!!
Catlover

United States

#13 Jun 1, 2007
There is no excuse for the inhumane treatment of pets or people. But, WAKE UP PEOPLE! Ever hear of spaying and neutering your pets so that they don't over breed? We need more groups like Project Pet that are trying to get a low cost spay and neuter clinic started or at least they were until Pets Inc screwed them out of the Richland County money. Lets try to help groups who are trying to stop the breeding!
M Lucas

Fayetteville, NC

#14 Jun 1, 2007
Why can't our state be like other states and stop putting animals down. It's not the animals fault that it's at the shelter and he or she shold be given a chance at life.

For those who abuse animals I think the same thing should be done to them that they are doing to the animal.

I think we need more state and county funds given to shelters so that they can stop putting these poor animals down.

As to the person that can't feed her dogs anymore well cut down on what you eat instead of them trusting and loving you and look at what you've done to them. They never hurt you all they did was love you.

We need to be more responsible where our pets are concerned we need to take care of gods creatures not distroy them.
Only Me

Columbia, SC

#15 Jun 1, 2007
This story absolutely sickens me. I feel so sorry for the defenseless animals. It's bad enough being an animal nobody wanted, they should at least get a painless & gracefull passing. IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD GET THEIR PETS FIXED, this wouldn't be going on. Shut down these puppy/kitten farms, stop buying puppies/kittens from breeders, only adopt from rescue groups/organizations, within a few years this "problem" would be fixed. But no, people continuously allow their pets to "run around the neighborhood" - not altered. I have several pets, most have been rescues, and let me tell you, you couldn't get a better dog! It is a shame this continues to go on, and until people are held absolutely responsible, it will continue to go on. I think they need to look into Lexington County's practices too, because I've heard horror stories from that place too.
biker

Quantico, VA

#16 Jun 1, 2007
All these employees who failed to do their job according to state regulations should be fired and serve jail time. They were all trained the proper way to put these animals down. They ignored it and if they only did it because the boss said so then they should have reported him to DHEC. Once they are in jail then we can let them be trustee's at the shelter.
Only Me

Columbia, SC

#17 Jun 1, 2007
PEGGY wrote:
THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING WHAT THEY WERE TAUGHT TO DO.EVERYONE KHOW ALL THESE ANIMALS CAN AND WILL NO BE OPTOPTED.DON"T FIRE THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU"RE TO DOME TO REALIZE. WOULD YOU RATHER THAT THEY GET RUN OVER SHOT OR OTHER STUPID WAYS
You are correct about your statement..."all these animals will not be adopted"....HOWEVER, it does not give the employees the right to give them a horrible/painfull death. Do it according to the regulations, it's bad enough no one wants these poor defenseless animals, but to MURDER them in a harsh way --- that is just not right. The ones responsible SHOULD be fired for not doing their "job" right.
Dog Lover Orangeburg

United States

#18 Jun 1, 2007
What horrifies me is that they never took the dogs or cats in to the shelter to find out if they belonged to anyone, they euthanized them right there on the back of the trucks. If they were really doing their jobs they would have found out if the dog had a master and waited for the master to come and find the dog before KILLING it!! That makes me think maybe it could have been one of my dogs. Some people need to wake up and realize, dogs and cats are just as human as any of us.
Lexington Girl

Lexington, SC

#19 Jun 1, 2007
Dog Lover Orangeburg wrote:
What horrifies me is that they never took the dogs or cats in to the shelter to find out if they belonged to anyone, they euthanized them right there on the back of the trucks. If they were really doing their jobs they would have found out if the dog had a master and waited for the master to come and find the dog before KILLING it!! That makes me think maybe it could have been one of my dogs. Some people need to wake up and realize, dogs and cats are just as human as any of us.
Were they checking to see if they micro chips?

Since: Jun 07

Orangeburg, SC

#20 Jun 1, 2007
Lexington Girl wrote:
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Were they checking to see if they micro chips?
no they were not they were euthanizing them on the trucks holding them with catch poles and it was stated that one dog was stuck in his heart with the stuff, when it should have been done through the vein.

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