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Letter From an Undercover Investigator

Written by PETA | February 12, 2008

Shortly after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced that it was launching an operation to transfer the animals out of All Creatures Great and Small this month following the release of a seven-month long PETA undercover investigation which revealed nightmarish conditions at the no-kill shelter, our Cruelty Investigations Department received the following e-mail from the investigator who had last spent time on the inside at ACGS, confirming that it was all worth it:

Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:14 PM
Subject: Heroes

Hello all-

I want each of you to know how wonderful things are turning out at the property formerly known as acgs. Every second that we spent every long night at the office or miserable day in the rain was so worth our effort. The animals that we helped there are exponentially happy and so much more at peace now. The Dept. of Ag…and other volunteers have turned the situation around almost a full one eighty in the last 32 hours. The animals on the hill and in the kennel have been relocated to pens where they no longer fight with their neighbors. The dogs outside with no shelter have been brought in out of the elements. The food, water, hay, sawdust, peanut butter treats, meds, and love have been flowing like these animals have never known before. There is very little barking and so much less commotion. This is truly a different place now. I wish you all could be here with me to see it. Things are not perfect yet but all is being addressed quickly and concisely. I can hardly hold back the tears for the joy at knowing how valuable our time was to dogs like Hammer who has finally been given vet care. I have gotten to know a young female pit named Lilly over my time here. She was always very excited to see me come into her unprotected outside pen, but today I took her out for her first walk in what seemed to be years. She was so scared at first that she cowered and crawled but after I had her out for a while she jumped into my chest and wrapped her arms around my waist and hugged me for the longest time, kissing my chin. She is now in her own ten by ten on the hill full of saw dust, hay, and new food and water bowls, and will be moved in very soon as she is sure to be deemed adoptable very soon. I am overwhelmed with all that has happened here and I know many of you have worked much longer on this than I have. If no one else says this, THANK YOU, to each of you, from the the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the animals who can not say it the same way as you are all heroes for them! Thank you for the work you have done here. I am proud to have worked with each of you on this. If there is anyone who you would like to share this with please do so, as all who have been there in thought and concern deserve to know how important it truly was.


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  • Jennifer says:

    I have worked with some of these animals and was fired because of my constant compliants of rats every where and no food on some days. I am so happy they are all getting a better life.

  • lynda downie says:

    Zack loved your comment!!why can’t people learn how to use paragraphs! lol

  • elphaba says:

    Kelly seriously I agree that her dogs are probably barking out of boredom and need to get their yayas out some other way but she never said they lived outside. Maybe they do I don’t know. But at this point neither do you.

  • mary says:

    Kelly people like you do more to perpetuate animal problems then to help end them. By being rude and judgmental and automatically assuming that the dog owner sara is a bad person with bad habits you make it much more likely that she or others in her position with the misfortune of encountering you will either give up the dogs and get rid of them or quit trying to fix this situation in a way that won’t make her dogs unhappy and will just turn to muzzles chaining them or something to keep her neighbors happy… you think you are better than her but maybe your attitude and spite is making dog owners give up and turn away from here in frustration so that they don’t get any advice at all!!! For shame!!!

  • kelly says:

    Rebecca and HH. Both getting complaints in the community but it is not their fault. It is magical discrimination? Get real. You aren’t handling your dogs properly. Even if the weather is ok you don’t dump a dog outside for entire days to get bored and bark. A dog house is not enough protection if a storm comes up and your pet can be stolen. You have problems handling your animals and you need help. You need to change your bad habits. Get your head out of your butt and face some facts and deal with the problem. Because you’re causing a problem now. and Rebecca cruelty to animals is NOT ok just bacuse a No kill shelter is doing it. But then you never even bothered to adopt dogs from a shelter so really your words are empty.

  • HH says:

    Whoa Kelly let’s not attack Sara you don’t know her whole story. She might live in an area with very comfortable temperatures and a big dog run in her yard preferable to being stuck in the house. Dogs will often bark to alert their owners of something not just because they are unhappy. Sara I lived in an area with meddling officials too. I can understand your neighbors’ need for quiet so my main suggestion is get the dogs out more. More exercise especially in the morning can knock a dog out in the afternoon and keep them quiet and content so scheduling in a nice morning run would probably be helpful. If you have a securely fenced yard or take them out on a leash it shouldn’t a problem when you let your dogs out. If they are truly not bothering anybody I don’t think there is anything others can do about it.

  • Rebecca says:

    Hey Kelly these people with the saint Bernards are not talking about putting them out side they are talking about taking them outside The dogs are only miserable now because now they are being confined and there is no concern for these dogs from the neighbors. And as far as the letter about the amazing progress at the shelter not one of them is denying the cruelty that was inflicted on those animals. I have seen No Kill Shelters and the good ones are not like this one was they are run by people who love and care for animals and I have been to a few and i had to take a kitten into one a long time ago that I found in the woods behind a house i lived in and it was dying in my hands and I knew that there was nothing I could do I cried all the way to the No Kill Shelter and when I walked in as soon as every one of the staff there saw this precious little baby they all started crying and one of them scooped it up into their hands and cradled it and held it close to their hearts the Vet examined it and there was no hope for it because it was so small and had been bitten pretty hard by something and it could not be saved and even though it is a No Kill Shelter they did euthanize it but only then did they do it. If it had been able to be saved they would have done everything they could and while they were working on the baby i looked around and those animals were well taken care of I even went into every room and around back and there were no areas of animals lingering on the edge of death in some dark dank corner or anything of the kind so. Are you against the No Kill Shelters? Would you rather have animals put to sleep? Your strong in saying that animals are not livestock but livestock should not be treated cruelly either. We need to stay focused on preventing animal cruelty and saving all the animals all over this earth on Land in the air the sea and on the ice. If we come to this website we are all on the same side and that is to help all animals not to be angry at each other. Kelly all cruelty to animals is wrong you and I both know that but don’t attack the ones who are trying to do the right thing these people with the dogs are asking for our advice on what to do not to be attacked for trying to do the right thing.

  • rojo says:

    Does anyone else find it a little incongruousavoiding hword mike to find “been relocated to pens” written as if it is actually a good thing. In regard to rights as opposed to welfare. “The food water hay sawdust peanut butter treats meds and love have been flowing” sounds more like factory farmingyes some rations do have peanut meal

  • anonymous says:

    its finally awesome to see people do stuff about these kind of issues. great job

  • Jack says:

    Hi Ashes theres more information on PETAs stance on nokill shelters here httpwww.peta.orgcampaignsarnokillshelters.asp Jack

  • Carla says:

    Peace peace peace!!!

  • Kimberly says:

    How can the fucking hurt animal they should all go to hell for what they do to them! I can not stand by and see this shit happen to them. I WILL TAKE A STAND AGAIN THE ABUSE TO ALL ANIMAL!

  • Amber Lear says:

    Aww!!! Lilly sounds so sweet! My chihuahua can be like that too but a bit more bitchy. I hope Lilly gets adopted she is sweet!!! Thank you PETA for helping all these animals!!

  • Dana says:

    Great letter I would also like to thank Peta and everyone who spent so much time and effort to make this nightmare finally come to end. It took years of persistence that finally paid off..I am glad that everyone kept pushing for this and did not just give up when it seemed it would go on forever. The undercover investigators are truly angels for these animals that lived in such horrible conditions for so many years. I have said many times you would have to see this place in person to really get the full effect of how bad it really was for the videos and pictures dont do it…I dont think cameras can capture how really bad this place was..they certainly do not allow you to know the smell of filth these animals were trapped in…It looked like an old abandoned warehouse full of dogs with crate upon crate…This is one of those situations that hits too close to home for me and holds a special place in my heart and makes me extremely proud to support Peta

  • Dean Ween says:

    Thanks for posting these thoughts. I admire so much these folks’ bravery and commitment. I imagine they do some of the dirtiest jobs in some of the saddest corners of America and daily confront all the horrors of cruelty we can’t even briefly consider before turning away. I think it’s also beyond encouraging in this case that officials came to the animals’ aid. As tough as it is to be patient with them the day is coming when regulators are on the animals’ side instead of that of the abusers and industries.

  • zack says:

    why can’t people learn how to use paragraphs!

  • Michele says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. People like this investigator are just fantastic amazing strong people! I am so glad this person shared these details with us this is the kind of victory that makes all of the PETA bashing seem insignificant.

  • sara says:

    I am writing to inquire on what kind of help or suggestions I could get from anyone out there concering my two saint bernard dogs. We have been experiences extreme discrimination in our neighborhood from neighbors who continuously call the police accusing my dogs of obsessive barking. The issue has gotten so bad that the police and local animal control are involved. We recently went to mediation with an officer who documented rules that we are to follow with our dogs. These rules include the dogs not being alble to be outside without us home not being able to bark for more than 15 minutes. Not going outside after 10pm or before 6 am. We are feeling defeated in this battle and know the neighbors have been extremely unresonable. Any help on what could be done would be sooo appreciated. We love our dogs they are a gentle and kind breed and we are feeling that thier rights have been taken.

  • kelly says:

    And instead of BRINGING DOGS IN FROM THE COLD and fixing the problem the Grayson County KY “shelter” brain trusts are going to get a new sign painted and call themselves “Leitchfield Animal Shelter” to try to avoid trouble. Just unbelievable.

  • kelly says:

    And this sort of abuse is going on in “shelters” RIGHT NOW See this in Kentucky httpwww.wlky.comnews15215031detail.html Grayson County is keeping dogs OUTDOORS IN THE FREEZING COLD at night. They won’t euthanize but they will torture these dogs. “with only 12 indoor runs so many dogs are outside in the cold with frozen water buckets struggling to stay warm” Absolute insanity. It takes a truly sick mind to do this to pets and then excuse it as “No Kill.”

  • Ashes says:

    Okay I am just trying to understand what PETA’s position is on this issue In favor of no kill shelters or in favor of shelters that kill dogs and cats because they’ve been around too long? I know you’d oppose any shelter that wasn’t caring for those animals it had taken in but assuming all things being equal surely you prefer no kill?

  • kelly says:

    These people are STILL in denial about the way they were torturing those dogs. That is what the mental illness called hoarding looks like an animal will be dying in front of them and the hoarder will claim everything is ok and that people who want to rescue the animal are trying to “take” it or persecute them. Complete madness. And the No Kill cult leaders feed into this insanity and tell people that doing this to animals is ok. And that they are “morally superior.”

  • NutMeg says:

    wow that sounds asolutely amazing