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  • Inside the New Hanover County Animal Shelter

    Inside the New Hanover County Animal Shelter

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:50 PM EST2017-01-24 19:50:31 GMT

    The word "control" was eliminated when the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office took over the animal shelter from the Health Department in 2012. No one controls the rescued animals, they provide services to them.

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    The word "control" was eliminated when the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office took over the animal shelter from the Health Department in 2012. No one controls the rescued animals, they provide services to them.

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  • Pet Ownership 101

    Pet Ownership 101

    Thursday, February 2 2017 11:01 AM EST2017-02-02 16:01:04 GMT

    It costs about $70 to adopt a pet from the New Hanover County Animal Shelter, which covers the cost for a long list of vaccinations and microchipping. But picking out a pet is the fun part which often overshadows the reality of its full-time care.

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    It costs about $70 to adopt a pet from the New Hanover County Animal Shelter, which covers the cost for a long list of vaccinations and microchipping. But picking out a pet is the fun part which often overshadows the reality of its full-time care.

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  • A day on duty

    A day on duty

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:31 PM EST2017-01-24 19:31:41 GMT

    There is no such thing as a "typical" day at New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Animal Services.

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    There is no such thing as a "typical" day at New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Animal Services.

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  • The unadoptable

    The unadoptable

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:36 PM EST2017-02-01 20:36:12 GMT

    An ordinance mandated by the county health department says pit bulls cannot be adopted out of the New Hanover County Animal Shelter. Feral cats also fall under the do-not-adopt column.

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    An ordinance mandated by the county health department says pit bulls cannot be adopted out of the New Hanover County Animal Shelter. Feral cats also fall under the do-not-adopt column.

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  • Euthanasia

    Euthanasia

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:33 PM EST2017-01-24 19:33:59 GMT

    If an animal is deemed “unadoptable” because it is aged, unwell, wild, feral or aggressive it must be put down.

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    If an animal is deemed “unadoptable” because it is aged, unwell, wild, feral or aggressive it must be put down.

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  • Cruelty

    Cruelty

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:58 PM EST2017-01-24 19:58:00 GMT

    When Deputy Janice Covil and Deputy Brandon Parker responded to a barking dog complaint on the north end of the county they did not expect that call would end in one of the most disturbing sights either had seen.

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    When Deputy Janice Covil and Deputy Brandon Parker responded to a barking dog complaint on the north end of the county they did not expect that call would end in one of the most disturbing sights either had seen.

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  • Neglect

    Neglect

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:38 PM EST2017-02-01 20:38:13 GMT

    On several cases, during our ride-alongs with Animal Services, it seemed impossible not to swoop up the animals and rush them away to the shelter to safety, but it's never that simple.

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    On several cases, during our ride-alongs with Animal Services, it seemed impossible not to swoop up the animals and rush them away to the shelter to safety, but it's never that simple.

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  • Hoarding

    Hoarding

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 2:58 PM EST2017-01-24 19:58:53 GMT

    As we stepped inside everyone became overwhelmed by the smell of urine and feces. The carpet was drenched in dark stains, several dead rats lay rotting, fleas jumped everywhere, roaches crawled across the counter and mounds of personal items were piled in each room. 

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    As we stepped inside everyone became overwhelmed by the smell of urine and feces. The carpet was drenched in dark stains, several dead rats lay rotting, fleas jumped everywhere, roaches crawled across the counter and mounds of personal items were piled in each room. 

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  • Dangerous dogs on trial

    Dangerous dogs on trial

    Friday, January 27 2017 10:37 AM EST2017-01-27 15:37:12 GMT

    If a pet in New Hanover County bites a person, attacks another animal or approaches someone in a terrorizing way, the victims can file a dangerous dog report and the animal, in a way, goes to court.

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    If a pet in New Hanover County bites a person, attacks another animal or approaches someone in a terrorizing way, the victims can file a dangerous dog report and the animal, in a way, goes to court.

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  • Crimes against nature

    Crimes against nature

    Friday, January 27 2017 10:34 AM EST2017-01-27 15:34:38 GMT

    Deputy Covil was called to assist the Wilmington Police Department in October with a suspected sexual assault on an animal.

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    Deputy Covil was called to assist the Wilmington Police Department in October with a suspected sexual assault on an animal.

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