Target: Surry County animal shelter Director Gary Brown
Goal: Call on the director to either resign or else sincerely commit to finding homes for shelter animals instead of putting them to death
An animal shelter in North Carolina is coming under intense criticism for putting animals down instead of attempting to find them homes. Recently five healthy puppies were needlessly put down shortly after arriving at the shelter. Gary Brown, the shelter’s director, ordered the killings despite the very real possibility that homes would be found for them in the near future. Animal rescue groups are understandably upset with Brown’s cruel decision and are calling for his resignation.
Volunteers at the shelter were attempting to place the five puppies in forever homes and understood that they needed to do so as quickly as possible. The volunteers were told by shelter staff that there was adequate room for the puppies to be housed for a few days, but shortly after the pups arrived at the shelter Brown ordered them to be euthanized.
Brown and his staff have been in the news before for not allowing animals a real chance at finding homes, killing them soon after arrival. Under Brown’s leadership the shelter has maintained high kill rates. He has been uncooperative with animal rescue groups in the past and was recently ordered to cooperate by the county commissioner.
It is clear that the operations of this facility must be more closely monitored. Urge Brown to either adopt a more compassionate attitude toward the shelter animals in his care or else respectfully step down from his position.
Dear Mr. Brown,
You have recently made headlines, once again, for euthanizing shelter animals in your care while volunteers were earnestly attempting to find them forever homes. I am writing to call on you to adopt a more compassionate attitude toward these animals. If you cannot see that these animals deserve a chance at happy lives then you must step down from your position and allow a more capable individual to take your place.
The animals at the Surry County animal shelter do not have a fair chance at survival on your watch. It took a court order from the county commissioner for you to consider working with rescue groups. This is completely unacceptable. Mr. Brown, if you cannot perform your job with compassion then I urge you to walk away.
[Your Name Here]
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