BCSAPS Remove 19 Dogs from Puppy Mill

Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services executed a search warrant at 409 Glendale Drive at around 11am this morning in Belville. ​

​ During the search, 19 dogs, Miniature Pinschers or “Min Pins”, were removed from the home. The animals were being kept in cages with multiple dogs in each cage. The dogs were covered in feces. Some were without water or their water was filthy and contained feces and insects. The dogs were briefly assessed at the scene then taken to Animal Protective Services to be further accessed for health concerns, bathed and provided clean water and food. ​

​ The owner of the dogs, Clenton M. Howard, 66, who was breeding and selling the dogs for profit, has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending. ​

​ The dogs will remain in the care of Animal Protective Services until the investigation is complete.

Volunteer with BCSO Donates Protective Vest to K9 Unit

DSC_7224Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office volunteer Peggy Albert has donated a protective vest to the BCSO K9 Unit.

The vest, acquired through Vested Interest in K9’s, will be shared by the two canine officers who are serving in the Brunswick County Detention Facility. The BCSO K9 Unit has already received two protective vests via a donation campaign through Vested Interest and has applied for vests for the remainder of the dogs in the unit. The dogs in the detention facility were the only two dogs not included in the initial application.

Ms. Albert: “I love animals. I see the K9’s as deputies and I didn’t want to see any of them unprotected”.

Sheriff John Ingram: “I am extremely grateful and humbled by Ms. Albert’s generosity. She is an exceptional volunteer who donates her time working with our V.O.I.C.E. Patrol, helping with administrative duties throughout the office, and assisting our Domestic Violence Unit. She is an invaluable part of our BCSO family and this generous donation speaks volumes about her dedication to our office and to the community. I can’t thank her enough for helping to keeping the canine officers in our Detention Facility safe”.

Ms. Albert has been volunteering at the Sheriff’s Office for four years.

For Release: BCSOAPS: One Year Later

tn_DSC_7384It’s been just over a year since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office acquired the Brunswick County Animal Shelter from the Health Department, thus becoming the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services (BCSOAPS). During that year, more than just the name has changed.

Since July 1, 2012, BCSOAPS has taken in 5,911 animals, which is 738 more than the previous year. Of the animals taken in, 2,422 were dogs and 3,191 were cats. BCSOAPS, with the help of volunteers and area rescue organizations, has placed 1,338 dogs and 416 cats. In total, 1,957 animals were placed during the past year which yields a 33% placement rate. This is just shy of the 35% goal the shelter was hoping to achieve. That, in part, is due to the influx of cats that were brought into the shelter during the spring. Last year, 965 out of 5173 animals were placed, yielding a placement rate of 18%.

Sheriff John Ingram on the progress the shelter has made: “I am so pleased and extremely proud of the progress that the shelter has made in just one year. This progress would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of Lt. Tommy Tolley and the fantastic staff at Animal Services, our many volunteers, rescue organizations and the community – including our children – many of whom have requested items for donation to our shelter in lieu of birthday presents. I would just like to encourage the citizens of Brunswick County, when looking for a family pet, to please consider adopting from our shelter or the many rescue groups in the county. I would also like to reiterate that spaying or neutering your pet is the only way to reduce the pet population, thus reducing the intake into our shelter. The fewer animals we take in, the fewer we must place.”

tn_girl-with-kittyCheri McLain of R.A.C.E., a community rescue group says the shelter has made a 100% turnaround over the past year. “The shelter is very receptive to suggestions from the area rescue groups. They have made so many wonderful changes including creating a more esthetically pleasing environment, utilizing the inmates to help keep the shelter clean, the staff and volunteers are so friendly. The attitude from the community has been so positive since the Sheriff’s Office acquired the shelter, largely because of the strong presence they have throughout the county. We are very lucky to have Sheriff Ingram. This was his vision. He made this happen. And we are excited to be a part of it.”

Ms. McLain goes on to say she is looking forward to more progress in the upcoming year. She said she would like to see an outdoor play area for cats to try to increase those adoptions. She also said multiple play areas for the dogs would be nice so that volunteers could take multiple dogs out a time. Ms. McLain says the dogs are more relaxed in their kennels when they have been exercised, thus more appealing to prospective adoptive families.

Shelter Director Lt. Tommy Tolley says that there are many goals for the upcoming year. In addition to increasing the placement rate, updating the grounds, completing the 14 acre walking track and some cosmetic updates within the shelter, there are plans for a memorial garden in which families can purchase memorial bricks online for their beloved pets.

tn_DSC_4350Lt. Tommy Tolley, shelter director: “I am so grateful to Sheriff Ingram for all the support he has given us. This was truly his vision and without him, none of the success that we have had would be possible. I am also extremely thankful to all of our volunteers and rescue groups from throughout the county, whom without; progress would not be possible. Among the many kind gestures, Paws Place out of Boiling Spring Lakes donated a large vehicle so that we could transport animals to vet visits, adoption fairs or to the new Spay/Neuter Clinic. Ocean Isle Beach Collision painted it for us and The Sign Shoppe added the decals – all as donations to the shelter. Additionally, a Brunswick County citizen, who wanted no recognition, contributed $10,000 for the billboard on Highway 17 South and our mobile adoption trailer graphics (soon to be revealed). These are just two examples of how this wonderful community supports us. It’s really humbling and overwhelming.”

Tolley continues, reiterating Sheriff Ingram’s point: “Even though we have made great progress, there is still much to do. If we are going to increase our placement rate, we’ve got to decrease the amount of animals coming into our shelter, and part of that is going to have to come from the community. I cannot stress enough the importance of spaying or neutering your pets. It is the only way to control the pet population, thus keeping animals from ending up at the shelter and possibly being euthanized.”

Janie Withers is the president of Paws-Ability and a tireless supporter of the shelter and for the animals in our county. “We can’t fix what is already happening. That’s why it is so important to lay the groundwork for change in the future and we are accomplishing that. One of our goals concerning the shelter is to work to improve those statistics. And while much progress has been made, there is still much to do and it will not happen overnight. One way to improve the shelter statistics, and where we are focusing all of our efforts and funds for this year, is through the new Spay/Neuter Clinic. This is something that the community can truly be proud of. To have this type of clinic in Brunswick County is a true testament of the progressive and supportive community in which we reside. But the citizens have to utilize this resource. If the citizens don’t bring their pets to be spayed or neutered, the problem will tn_DSC_3528continue and will worsen. If animals continue to be brought into the shelter in the volumes in which they have been, the county will have no choice but to continue to euthanize unwanted animals, and that is at the expense of the taxpayers. Controlling the animal population is everyone’s responsibility. I would encourage everyone to get involved somehow. If you don’t want to be directly involved with the animals, consider participating in one of our fundraisers to support the Spay/Neuter Clinic. Information on various upcoming events can be found on our website at www.paws-ability.org “.

Ms. Withers goes on to say that she is very pleased with the progress of BCSOAPS. She says that in the past year she has seen more of a “cooperative effort” between the different organizations and volunteers. They are beginning to trust the system and work together for change.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is located at 429 Green Swamp Rd. in Supply. Adoption hours and hours of operation can be found at http://aps.brunswicksheriff.com/shelter/. Also, anyone interested in volunteering at the shelter can visit http://aps.brunswicksheriff.com/volunteer/ for information and an application.