Dear Animal Welfare Advocates,
Please see attached photos. These pictures were taken January 10 when ambient temperatures dipped to single digits. An animal welfare advocate stopped by the Jackson County Animal Shelter to check on the horses. The horses were standing in snow, without proper nourishment or shelter. (Please see the photo of small goat shed). As the visitor passed the dumpster, she opened it and found it completely full of dead dogs that had been stuffed into garbage bags!!! This was the beginning of a battle that continues. The battle we fight is for the lives of the animals.
ANIMALS ARE NOT RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE assist us in our campaign to bring aboutshelter reform, in Jackson County, WV.CLAWS (Citizens Loving Animals Within Shelters) has saved countless dogs (almost 200 within the four months our group has existed), including three horses and a number of cats. Pilots have donated their time to flying Jackson County animals to safety and we have transported by SUV, horse trailers and rented vans. BUT we have fought battles every step of the way, due to the road blocks/sabotagewe have been forced to overcome.
Dog wardens Cynthia Katris and Pat Chamberscontinue to sabotage animal rescue and our attempts at shelter reform. They “operate”without supervision of the commissioners or the sheriff. Katris said,“It is easier to kill.” (See dumpster).
The time has come to show Jackson County, West Virginia that ANIMALS’ lives matter.
We call for compassionate leadership in Jackson County, West Virginia. Please assist us in this honorable quest. The following is an outline of requests we respectfully ask you to courteously make, either by e-mail, fax or phone. Note:Please include photos with all e-mails.
CLAWS, Inc (Citizens Loving Animals Within Shelters)
1) We call for an audit of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, by an auditor from outside this state. (No supervision or checks and balances exist).
2) An investigation of the Jackson County Animal Shelter by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy
3) The hiring of a responsible and compassionate individual to act as Director of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Applicants must have expertise in dog handling/evaluation, horse welfare/rehabilitation and RESCUE.
PLEASE CALL, E-MAIL,FAX THE FOLLOWING AND ASK THAT THE ABOVE REQUESTS BE MET.
*** Joe Pitts, Jackson County Commissioner –
* Tommy Nutter, Commissioner (in charge of Jackson County Animal Shelter) 304-273-4092
* Don Stephens, Jackson County Commissioner – 304-273-3477,DStephens@hotmail.com
*** Jackson CountyCommissioners – 304-373-2222
*** Governor Joe Manchin:
Toll Free 1-888-438-2731
Prosecuting Attorney: James P. McHugh
304-373-2270 FAX: 304-372-3096
WV Attorney General:800-368-8808
Phone: (304) 558-2021
Karen Facemyer: Capitol Phone (304) 357-7855
usiness Phone: (304) 428-1622
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito: Washington -Phone:(202)225-2711
ax: (202) 225-7856
Senator Robert Byrd:Charleston Office
300 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, WV 25301
Telephone: (304) 342-5855
Fax: (304) 343-7144
Senator Jay Rockefeller:531 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-7665 Main Fax
Congressman Nick Rahall: WashingtonOffice
2307 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Scott Varner: Phone – 304-340-3187