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Franklin Co. Animal Shelter Dir. investigated after shooting dog

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The director of the Franklin County Animal Shelter is being investigated after shooting a dog at the shelter rather than euthanizing it properly. (Michael Barnard, WNCN) The director of the Franklin County Animal Shelter is being investigated after shooting a dog at the shelter rather than euthanizing it properly. (Michael Barnard, WNCN)
LOUISBURG, N.C. -

The director of the Franklin County Animal Shelter is being investigated after shooting a dog at the shelter rather than euthanizing it properly.

The Animal Welfare Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture is investigating Taylor Bartholomew after he admitted and reported that he shot a dog on shelter property.

A person at the Franklin County shelter in Louisburg said Bartholomew was not in today but he did release a statement.

Bartholomew said shooting the dog "was appropriate to put the dog out of its pain and suffering." He continued by saying, "There were no certified euthanasia technicians available … at the time to administer chemical euthanasia."

According to the Department of Agriculture's investigation, Bartholomew never tried calling a veterinarian or a certified euthanasia technician. The Dept. of Agriculture said he instead resorted to using "a 22 (caliber) rifle."

The investigation into the incident found that a Basset Hound was picked up as a stray on July 16 and was placed into a kennel. On July 18, the shelter experienced an over population of dogs and the Basset Hound was placed into a kennel with a pit bull.

After the two dogs got into a fight, the Basset Hound was removed from the kennel and treated for an injured left paw by a shelter employee; however a veterinarian did not look at the animal at the time because the wound didn't appear to be severe. The shelter had been treating the wound and applying an antiseptic known as "blue lotion."

On July 25, the dog was found chewing on its injured paw, and an employee at the shelter realized the Basset Hound's injury was more severe than first thought.

Bartholomew personally examined the dog and determined the injuries were too severe and it was in the best interest of the dog to euthanize it. Instead of taking the dog to the vet, Bartholomew shot the dog with a .22 rifle.

State Department of Agriculture protocol allows for euthanasia by firearms off shelter in extraordinary circumstances. The department advised the euthanizing should have been conducted by chemical means by a certified officer.

Lee Hunter, the director of the Animal Welfare Section, confirmed the investigation and said the department is discussing with an attorney how to proceed.

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