Wilson NC – Sheriff Calvin Woodard Response To Media

This is what was sent to them.

Good Evening,

All cases at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office involving any crime are investigated by our Office. We do have a detective investigating each of these cases. As part of our investigation, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Enforcement has taken several of the dogs that could be tested to the state crime lab to be analyzed. The state lab report indicates that each dog that was tested showed no signs of trauma, dogfighting, gunshots wounds, broken bones or poisoning. Evidence suggests that these dogs are dying from natural causes or medical issues such as heartworms and their bodies are being disposed of improperly which is still a crime. By conducting interviews, it has been determined that due to certain state regulations the county landfill is unable to take the carcass of any deceased animal or pet. Other than our continued investigation, our goal is to educate our citizens on the proper means of burial or how to dispose of their decease pet.

106-403. Disposition of dead domesticated animals.
It is the duty of the owner of domesticated animals that die from any cause and the owner or operator of the premises upon which any domesticated animals die, to bury the animals to a depth of at least three feet beneath the surface of the ground within 24 hours after knowledge of the death of the domesticated animals, or to otherwise dispose of the domesticated animals in a manner approved by the State Veterinarian. It is a violation of this section to bury any dead domesticated animal closer than 300 feet to any flowing stream or public body of water. It is unlawful for any person to remove the carcasses of dead domesticated animals from the person’s premises to the premises of any other person without the written permission of the person having charge of the other premises and without burying the carcasses as provided under this section.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has always been committed to investigating and protecting the welfare of our animals in Wilson County. We have taken down and investigated illegal puppy mills, dog fighting cases and improved the adoption rate at the Wilson County Animal Shelter as well as implementing a spay and neuter program for people on limited income. Anyone with additional information can contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118.

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