COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Animal rescue groups are calling for commissioners in Columbus County to make policy changes after more than a dozen dogs were euthanized before being given a chance to be adopted.
Thirteen dogs were recently euthanized at the Columbus County Animal Shelter, after their owner passed away. The dogs belong to Bill Parker. Parker's neighbors had complained about the poor living condition for the animals to authorities before.
Rossie Hayes, director of the animal shelter, said his department obtained ownership of the dogs when Parker passed away. According to Hayes, he had no choice but to euthanize the animals, since his shelter did not have any space and he did not want to violate state law.