In all probability, anyone involved in Animal Services or animal welfare in NC (and beyond) has heard about United Animal Coalition’s Marsha Williams termination by Guilford and Davidson counties and the charges against her. The animals involved suffered, along with the people of those counties, the staff exposed to the neglect and the cruelty even while they steadily shouldered the influx of more neglected animals arriving from the field.
Looks like she will get off on technicalities in Guilford while Davidson indicts. The DA is refusing Guilford County Sheriff, BJ Barnes’ charges based on lack of evidence and the form of the citation issued to Williams. It is interesting that there are 5 animals mentioned but only one stated to have been shot in the face by a deputy gets special mention. There are a few “facts” cited that makes one wonder what they have to do with the case. Form your own opinion, read the DA’s press release here.
Sheriff Barnes responds to the letter’s political leanings and his attempt to correct error in the paperwork here. The fact he was on the UAC Board and continues to work toward Williams facing justice is to his credit.
In the end, William’s was paid to oversee the shelters and the animals in them and she didn’t. Animals suffered in violation of the law in our own shelters and shamed us all. We see enough out there; none of us need to be forced to accept it in our own shelters.