North Carolina's All Creatures Great and Small: A 'No-Kill' Shelter Expose
North Carolina's All Creatures Great and Small: A 'No-Kill' Shelter Expose
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2006-07 Undercover Investigation Reveals Abuse and Neglect at All Creatures Great and Small

Meet Miss Murphy
Ms. Murphy was a sweet female chow-mix dog who suffered a crushed pelvis and a broken leg while in ACGS' care. Ms. Murphy's injuries were never treated, and she was left to suffer isolated in a back room at the facility. Read more.

Shelter or Prison?

Update: Shortly after the public release of PETA's undercover investigation into All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS), the animals languishing at this facility are finally getting the help that they have desperately needed. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has launched Operation Move Out to transfer the remaining animals–almost 300 of them–out of this facility and into preapproved animal sheltering organizations and is closing ACGS for good as a result of ongoing, persistent violations of the Animal Welfare Act. For these dogs and cats, the hellish nightmare is over. However, your voice is still needed to urge Henderson County District Attorney Jeff Hunt to file criminal charges against the operators responsible for the animal suffering at the All Creatures Great and Small facility.

Since our investigation last year, law enforcement officials removed more than 40 animals from ACGS owner Kim Kappler's home in July 2008. The animals were reportedly living amid their own waste in extremely crowded conditions. Charges of mistreatment of animals have apparently been filed in this case, and justice might be within reach for at least some animals.

Kappler is reportedly currently scheduled to answer the mistreatment charges on October 8, 2008. Your help is needed to end the cycle of abuse!

For more than a decade, PETA fielded serious complaints from volunteers, employees, and visitors alleging cruelty and terrible neglect at All Creatures Great and Small (ACGS)—a "no-kill" shelter in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Illness ran rampant among the estimated 400 dogs and 300 cats who were warehoused in an inadequate facility at ACGS. Animals sustained injuries daily—the majority of which were ignored, no matter how severe and painful they were.

PETA's 2006-2007 undercover investigation—spanning seven months—revealed blatant, ongoing violations of state animal protection laws, state and local health and environmental laws, state laws applicable to the solicitation of charitable contributions, and state laws applicable to the administration of state payroll and income taxes. In April 2007, representatives of PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) met with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and presented extensive documentation of systemic animal abuse and neglect at ACGS.

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