By now, the animal loving nation knows about the South Carolina massacre which occurred on March 4. I got the news on one of the days, which can be just about any day, when another death puts you over the edge. You rescue and you network and everyone you know is rescuing and networking and it's just not enough. There is never enough time in the day, room at the shelters. We are living in a horror movie, only it's no movie. Movies end and this one just keeps on going on and on.
I got this letter tonight with the story from one of the volunteers who was there and who helped dig up the warm bodies of the animals who were brutally murdered that day in Chesterfield, South Carolina.
This message is being brought to you by the Commonwealth Humane Society or Fairfax Virginia, in the interest of the seriously suffering animals of South Carolina. CHS has worked with the people who broke the story of the Chesterfield massacre, and have over the years come to understand the depth of love and caring Debbie Farhi and her associates at Paws & Claws.
Commonwealth is concerned about all animals, especially those suffering and being brutalized by public servants charged with taking care of them.”
What happened in Chesterfield South Carolina cannot be allowed to slip under the mat and those involved must be punished to the full extent of the law. Here in its entirety is the message from Debbie Farhi and the Paws & Claws team. Thank You.
My name is Debbie Farhi and I am a volunteer with Paws & Claws a 501c3 rescue based near the Chesterfield Animal shelter. I am writing today to beg for any assistance you can provide to Paws N Claws and the Chesterfield, SC animals.
On Friday March 4th, I arrived at the shelter with a heavy heart, knowing that some dogs had been euthanized. What they told me when I arrived was shocking and horrific. The ACO’s had loaded 22 puppies and adults into their truck and taken them across the street, where they shot them. These heinous acts are not acceptable in modern civilized society and are not to be tolerated in this day and age. Living, breathing dogs should never be used for target practice. I could not believe what I heard. I called two other volunteers and we drove to the site to see for ourselves.
We set to work with heavy hearts and soon we dug up the recently shot dogs, some still warm and despite tears streaming down our faces we managed to take some pictures. Our worst fears were confirmed. They had been shot in the head, and some had multiple gunshot wounds.
We knew right away that this tragedy could not be allowed to be buried along with the pitiful furries, so we contacted the media immediately. As a result, we have received a lot of local and national press these include newspapers, television and a blizzard of e-mails. We have attached links to some of the articles and can provide more should you request same.
Knowing the scale of the brutality we had uncovered, we have mobilized our volunteers to contact the state and local government in SC and demand change. We will not rest until this change occurs. Our fear is that by standing firmly against these barbaric acts, that it will cost us our access to the shelter. ACO staff is on administrative leave and we are trying to find rescue commitments and donations for all of the dogs and cats that survived the massacre. We must get them out before these butchers return.
Please take a look at our Facebook page, “where hope lives - paws n claws”. This has the most up-to-date urgent album.
I did not want to delay in asking for help. If you are a supporter, please send this email to everyone you know that may be able to donate, our pay pal is:
If you are a rescue, please consider taking in some of our animals.
If you are a transport provider, please let us know if you will be doing any special runs, or would consider donating any time to helping us move animals.
Please call, email and forward to help create real change for the animals of South Carolina and throughout the southern United States. There are several media links below as well as contact information for government officials.
Your assistance will save precious live and is greatly appreciated.