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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Search warrants obtained Tuesday show investigators seized 44 items that included computers, hard drives and digital cameras from the Guilford County Animal Shelter. The warrants state Dr. Patricia Norris, director of animal welfare at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture began investigating claims of animal cruelty at the shelter after being notified of cruelty several cases on Aug. 5.

The warrants state Dr. Norris discovered 64 cases of injured and sick animals brought into the shelter, between May and July, that did not receive either immediate veterinarian care of immediately euthanize to end their suffering. The warrants mentioned recent cases including a dog, shot in the face, which instead of being euthanize or provided adequate veterinarian care the dog was placed on rabies observation for 11 days before being put down. The warrant quoted Norris as saying the incidents “fall under animal cruelty due to the lack of veterinary care or euthanasia to end the animal’s obvious and apparent suffering.”

In many of the 64 cases, animals were given pain medication instead of being immediately euthanize, according to the warrant.

Guilford and Davidson County animal shelters were run by the United Animal Coalition until each county severed ties with the nonprofit on Monday.

Davidson County warrants were sealed from the public, but the Guilford County warrant says a Sgt. Leonard with the Lexington Police Department seized a number of items including electronic storage devices, computers and digital cameras.

View the warrants (PDF)