- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The United Animal Coalition will no longer be allowed to operate animal shelters in Davidson and Guilford counties after having its license revoked Monday by the North Carolina State Department of Agriculture.

“In the course of the investigation and in reviewing records, it was found that the UAC demonstrated serious deficiencies in the care of the animals in its custody,” according to the letter of revocation to United Animal Coalition President Carolyn Cudd, who did not respond to requests for comment.

A report from the state agency detailed 65 cases of animal cruelty at the Guilford shelter. It also cited what it called an excessive number of animals found dead in kennels at the Davidson shelter, including 92 animals found dead in July and 91 in June.

“It is extremely rare to revoke a license at an animal shelter,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “However, we felt it is in the best interest of the animals to remove United Animal Coalition’s licenses. When we started to investigate, it became clear that there was an underlying failure to care for sick and injured animals. We believe that the evidence will speak for itself.”

The agriculture department, which had been investigating the two shelters for over a month, said the investigation is ongoing. The department is also working closely with local law enforcement agencies.

On Monday, the board of commissioners in both counties voted to cancel contracts with United Animal Coalition.

“The things we’ve learned are very disturbing and unacceptable to us, as I know it is for the community as a whole,” said commissioner Hank Henning, the Guilford County board’s chairman. “Our goal is to put transparency and a culture of efficiency back into the shelter, so the community at large can get the services and the shelter that it wants and deserves.”

Officials say while the future of the shelters is unclear, they will remain open under the direct supervision of the counties.

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