Guilford County Animal Shelter investigation hindered by top shelter staff, sheriff says

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The investigation into allegations of animal abuse and misconduct at the Guilford County Animal Shelter is now into month two. And Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said the investigation is hitting a roadblock because many important shelter records were disposed of by top shelter management.

“There’s staff out there that told us that records were destroyed,” Barnes said. “We’ve also got empty binders where records should’ve been.”

Barnes said missing records include both animal documentation as well as financial transactions.

Barnes said the State Bureau of Investigation is assisting them in trying to find out exactly what records are missing and what they would have shown.

Sheriff deputies have put together four pages of findings on the shelter, according to Barnes, which they will present to Guilford County Commissioners on Thursday.

No charges have been filed in Guilford County against any shelter workers. However, three women who worked at both the Guilford and Davidson shelters are facing indictments of felony animal cruelty in Davidson County.

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