Iredell County's director of animal control has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation. The deputy county manager is now in charge.
As reported on Eyewitness News Channel 9, Charlotte, on March 22, someone wrote an anonymous letter to county commissioners depicting complaints against the Iredell County animal control director.
Dog owner Penny Phifer has stated that her dog went into her neighbor's crawlspace and a piece of wood became lodged around the dog's head. Although not hurt, the dog wouldn't allow anyone near to dislodge the wood. Penny wanted to call a mobile veterinarian, but her dog was seen by animal control first.
Animal control indicated that they would help the dog. They darted him, took him to animal control and Alan Greenleaf, Penny's neighbor took pictures of the episode. Alan thought that the dog looked dead when taken to animal control. He was correct.
Spike was dead.
Chris Royal, director in question, called Penny to tell her that Spike was dead, but thought the dog died due to poor health.
Penny insists that Spike was healthy and, "they haven't been back."
Is the anonymous letter related to the investigation? No one knows, but Eyewitness News did say that they were told Chris Royal is accused of wrongly euthanizing animals.
There have been no other issues with Chris Royal according to the county manager.
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