State fines United Animal Coalition $300,000 for animal abuse at Guilford, Davidson shelters

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A historic fine of $300,000 has been issued against the nonprofit United Animal Coalition for dozens of allegations of abuse and neglect at both the Guilford and Davidson County animal shelters.

It's the biggest fine for animal cruelty ever in the state.

"These were some severe violations of the law," said Brian Long, public affairs director for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

The UAC has 66 violations issued against them for activities done at Guilford County's animal shelter.

Most of the violations are for failure to provide veterinary care to injured or wounded animals, according to court documents.

"Things like broken legs, animals that had been hit by cars, animals with a variety of broken bones and other types of medical issues,” Long said.

The fines against the UAC at the Guilford County Animal Shelter are $290,000.

The other $10,000 stems from violations at Davidson County's animal shelter.

The state revoked UAC's licenses to run both shelters in August, according to Long.

The counties have taken control of operations for both shelters.

"Your heart goes out to the animals," Long said.

FOX8 reached out to the president of the United Animal Coalition, Carolyn Cudd.

When asked how the group would pay the fine, she said she didn't know, hadn't heard anything about it, then hung up the phone.

The UAC has 60 days to either pay the fine, get an appeal or reach a settlement with the state.

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