SOURCE: Robert's Cause


March 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Robert's Cause Meets With North Carolina's Governor's Office to Address Complaints About Inhumane Treatment at Animal Shelter

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) -  Responding to an outpouring of reports regarding inhumane euthanasia practices at the Robeson County, North Carolina animal shelter, Robert's Cause met on Monday, March 15th, with officials at the State Capitol in Raleigh.

In its role as a coordinating and facilitating animal advocacy organization, Robert Misseri and Bruce Feinberg in conjunction with the U.S. Animal Protection in a meeting chaired by Will Polk, Deputy General Counsel to NC Governor Bev Perdue, that was attended by representatives of the North Carolina Attorney General's Office, and the Veterinary Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Participating in the meeting via teleconference was USAP President Dawn Taylor Bechtold and Dr. Robert Hopkins, Director U.S. Animal Protection.

"We are grateful to Governor Perdue for the opportunity to meet in order to open lines of communication in an effort to address the allegations of ongoing animal cruelty and to formulate action plans to foster animal welfare throughout the state," said Robert Misseri.

In addition to the Robeson County allegations (the subject of an active investigation by the State), the cessation of euthanasia by gassing at the remaining North Carolina shelters still utilizing this practice, expanded animal welfare educational programs, spay and neutering initiatives, and increased community involvement were also among the topics discussed.

"Having now visited the Robeson County Shelter and began a dialogue with State officials, I feel we can make substantial progress working in concert with the State towards the welfare and humane treatment of animals through North Carolina. We feel confident that by working together in a transparent process we can realize significant improvements on behalf of the animals," said Misseri.

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