Guilford County Animal Shelter employees say they were treated like the animals

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Veterinary technician Marissa Studivent clips the matted hair from this poodle before giving him a medicated bath, as the Guilford Animal Shelter took care of 89 animals received from a puppy mill, on Thursday, September 1, 2011, in Greensboro, N.C. (Joseph Rodriguez/News & Record)

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Abuse. Fear. Stress.

The Greensboro News & Record reported that these are some of the conditions that animals at the Guilford County Animal Shelter were forced to live under, according to a report in August from the N.C. Department of Agriculture that outlined 65 instances of neglect.

But the harsh environment wasn’t limited to pets. In interviews with the News & Record, former shelter staff members said that working conditions were oppressive and a climate of control existed that reached beyond the workplace and into their personal lives.

It was a culture that, up until recently, has remained shrouded in secrecy, at least partly because of the strict policies put in place by Marsha Williams, the shelter’s former executive director, who had run the shelter since 2001.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record

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