Gov. Bev Perdue's Facebook fan page is being bombarded by animal rights activists who are urging her to investigate claims of abuse at a Robeson County animal shelter.
The posts, many by people with profile pictures that feature dogs or cats, began sometime before noon Tuesday and have continued an unrelenting assault.
Comments ask Perdue, a Democrat, things like "Have you ever heard the scream of terror from a dog being gassed to death?" or make suggestions such as "Perhaps this would be a good time to order your minions to CEAST AND DESIST already!"
Perdue is a dog owner and she posted a comment on her Facebook page in which she said she opposes the use of gas chambers to euthanize animals.
"Animal rights advocates have admirably campaigned hard for this cause and they should continue to press the General Assembly to come to a resolution that will treat animals humanely," Perdue wrote.
She included a link to the Veterinary Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture, which enforces state regulations on euthanizing animals. The department is not a part of Perdue's administration.
UPDATE: Perdue filed a new update at 4:40 p.m.
To everyone concerned about allegations of animal cruelty in Robeson
County – I hear you and I appreciate your passionate calls for action.
My office has contacted the Commissioner of Agriculture’s staff
directly, as well as the sheriff of Robeson County. I understand the
State Vet’s Office within the Department of Agriculture, which oversees
animal shelters in this state, has already sent an inspector to Robeson
County. I trust they will ensure that state laws are being properly
followed by the shelters there.
Due to the high volume of posts – most of which are polite but some of
which could be construed as offensive – I am asking you to post only
comments to this status update. Do not post independently to the wall.
Posts to the wall will be archived, but will be deleted.
Thank you for taking the time to publicly engage in issues that are
important to you.