Criminally Charge Allegedly Abusive Former Animal Shelter Employees


Target: Rick Morris, Stokes County Manager

Goal: Bring criminal charges against former animal shelter employees accused of abusing animals in their care.

Two men have recently been fired for reportedly committing serious animal cruelty crimes at the Stokes County Animal Shelter in Germanton, North Carolina. These men need to be criminally charged in order to better ensure they will not be hired to work with animals in the future.

A state inspector alleged that the animal shelter’s director Phillip Handy and another man working under him named Darryl Sheppard either practiced or knew about unethical euthanasia techniques that were utilized at the shelter. Disgustingly, it was also reportedly learned that several animals were killed prior to when the legal holding time ended, ensuring that these animals had absolutely no chance of being adopted by community members. Papers further stated that several animals experienced “unjustifiable pain and suffering” as a result of inhumane treatment.

Sign this petition and demand these men be brought up on official animal cruelty charges. Although they are no longer allowed to legally euthanize animals in North Carolina, the lack of a criminal record may make it easier for them to work with innocent animals in the future.


Dear Mr. Morris,

As you know, two men have recently been fired from your county’s animal shelter because they were reported to have displayed inhumane treatment toward many animals in their care. It is important that these men be officially charged for committing animal cruelty violations, as a criminal record will likely make it much more difficult for them to find future jobs working with animals.

Phillip Handy and Darryl Sheppard were reported by a state inspector to have used unauthorized euthanasia practices to kill the animals, including shooting them. Even worse, many animals were killed before the 72-hour holding time ended, guaranteeing they would not be adopted by loving families. In addition, it was learned that several other animals were treated in a “cruel and inhumane manner” while in the care of these employees.

Although firing these men and taking away their licenses to euthanize animals in North Carolina is a good first step, they may be able to easily find employment working with animals again if they are not brought up on criminal charges.

For all of these reasons, I encourage you to file charges against Phillip Hardy and Darryl Sheppard. These men were hired to responsibly ensure animals in the shelter were well taken care of and euthanized by humane means if necessary, not to use illegal and vile practices to torture the animals in their care.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Erick Pleitez

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  1. Natasha polychuk Natasha polychuk says:

    why would they get hired to begib with………

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