Brother Wolf Launches Campaign to Reform Shelter Law

Last Christmas, this boxer mix, Indy, was killed in the Henderson County Shelter after being picked up as a stray — even though the family had called and said they would come pick her up.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a No Kill animal rights organization based in Asheville,  has launched a campaign to reform NC state laws that govern the protection of animals in North Carolina’s animal shelters.

The campaign has transpired from the rescue work that Brother Wolf has done over the past 10 years in collaboration with animal rescuers, concerned citizens, and municipal shelters across our state.

The Brother Wolf reform campaign has two key phases of work: gathering first-hand accounts of the corruption and incompetence in the NC shelter system that has victimized animals such as Indy and Shala (see their stories below); and working with state legislators to create sweeping reforms to mitigate this corruption and incompetence in our state’s shelter system.

Currently, North Carolina has two separate state laws in place that are supposed to protect shelter animals – The North Carolina Animal Welfare Act, and the Animal Welfare Administrative Code. Both documents can be found on the North Carolina Department of Agriculture website, located here: http://www.ncagr.gov/vet/aws/index.htm. The problem is that the laws are outdated and contain a number of loopholes that allow for incompetence, corruption, mistreatment and abuse. Both articles were last updated in 2009.

Last Christmas, Indy, a boxer mix, was killed in the Henderson County Shelter after being picked up as a stray. Her family had called the shelter and were told that since the shelter was closed for the Christmas holiday, they would need to pick her up on the next day the shelter was open to the public. Despite the family informing the shelter that they were coming to pick Indy up and their willingness to pick her up immediately, she was killed when her “hold time” expired.

Brother Wolf is asking caring citizens across North Carolina to report specific instances of incompetence and corruption at the municipal shelters in their communities. If desired, Brother Wolf is offering complete anonymity to those who participate.  The campaign is hosted on new facebook page called “Help Reform North Carolina Shelter Law.” Lodato says they will use the examples submitted by citizens to inform proposed improvements in state shelter laws.

About Shelby Harrell

Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.