Animal Advocate: Dog, Puppy Rescued From Petersburg Shelter

Petersburg, VA— A mother dog who gave birth at the Petersburg Animal Shelter and lost three of her four puppies has been rescued, along with her lone surviving pup, an animal rescuer tells 8News.

Animal rescuer Jill Navary says the dog she was waiting to adopt was left alone at the Petersburg Animal Shelter while it gave birth to a litter of puppies.

After 8News first told you about the incident Thursday, we've now learned the mother dog and her one surviving puppy were taken in by a rescue organization and are no longer in the shelter.

After 8News first broke the news about the dogs' deaths and shared the story of one animal rescuer who claims the shelter mistreats its animals, 8News Facebook fans have flooded our page with similar complaints, saying they too feel the shelter mistreats its animals.

After investigating, 8News found that from 2008-2011, the shelter had multiple infractions (view documents below). Most of the infractions were regarding building conditions and lack of proper documentation for euthanization. In 2011, all euthanizations were suspended, because the people administering them were not certified. The drugs and doses used in the euthanizations were also not approved.

8News asked the state veterinarian, who oversees the shelter once a year, why the same problems had gone uncorrected year after year. We were told that shelters are usually given time to correct their problems.

In 2012, the Petersburg Animal Shelter passed its inspection with flying colors, and inspectors said conditions had improved greatly.

Stay with 8News for updates.

Inspection Reports: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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