Hold Chesterfield Co. Shelter Accountable for Shooting Dogs and Other Abuse Charges
  • Petitioned Alan Wilson

This petition was delivered to:

SC Attorney General
Alan Wilson
Director, SLED
Reginald Lloyd
Communications Director, SLED
Jennifer Timmons
Deputy Director, SLED
Major Richard Hunton

Hold Chesterfield Co. Shelter Accountable for Shooting Dogs and Other Abuse Charges

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

Chesterfield County, SC gained national attention when news broke that animal control officers were taking dogs out to the local landfill and shooting them. At least 22 dogs and puppies, and maybe as many 50, suffered this cruel fate. Cats were bashed on the head with a pipe. And that's just the beginning of the accusations against Chesterfield County.

While the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter was shooting dogs instead of humanely euthanizing them, their euthanasia drugs have been unaccounted for. One of the drugs commonly used for lethal injection in animals has a high street value. 

Animal shelter director Brian Burch, a convicted felon on drug charges, is also accused of taking pit bulls from the shelter for his own dog fighting operation.

When these allegations first surfaced, the Chesterfield County Sheriff -- who is responsible for the animal shelter -- assigned the case to himself. Thanks to public pressure, the shelter was closed and Burch and the other animal control workers were placed on administrative leave. The state law enforcement division took over the investigation, which was a victory, but just the first step. Now that their investigation is complete, it's up to the state attorney general to file charges.

Urge the state attorney general to file charges and hold everyone responsible for the cruelty at Chesterfield County Animal Shelter accountable for their crimes.

Please take a moment to also contact South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson through his website: http://www.scattorneygeneral.org/ag/contactform.html

If you're on Twitter, tweet @SCAttyGenOffice calling for charges against the Chesterfield County Shelter.

Update: The Attorney General has sent the case back to the state law enforcement division for a more thorough investigation. Email addresses for SLED have been added to the petition to keep the pressure on both departments to follow through with holding Chesterfield County accountable for these abuses.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The state law enforcement division has completed their second investigation. There is no ruling yet, so keep the pressure on to get justice for the Chesterfield dogs.

    3. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Herald Online coverage of the rally:
      "You don't have to be an animal liker to care about what's happening in South Carolina. You just have to be a human being."

    4. Reached 8 signatures
    5. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the press coverage of the rally on MSNBC:

    6. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Rally TOMORROW 4/21, 3-6 p.m. at the State House, 1100 Gervais St (North Grounds). More info:

    7. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Join the "Where Hope Lives" Facebook group for updates on Chesterfield from local activists:

    8. Reached 7 signatures
    9. Local Activists Rally for Chesterfield County Animal Shelter Victims

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      On April 21, the Animal Adoption League (AAL) will hold a rally on the steps of South Carolina’s State House in memory of the dogs who perished at the Chesterfield County shelter.
      In March, the shelter’s story broke with a litany of horrific...

    10. Reached 6 signatures
    11. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Fox Charlotte reports on Chesterfield County's suspicious drug records: "Ketamine has a very high value on the street as a recreational drug. The shelter provided us with records for 10 bottles. Two bottles were used entirely in one milliliter doses, meaning the 20 dogs euthanized weighed the exact same amount."

    12. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This morning, the Chesterfield County Council heard from activists calling for reform at the animal shelter:

      Still no word on the latest SLED investigation.

    13. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      New Allegations of Dog Fighting at Chesterfield County Animal Control:

    14. Reached 5 signatures
    15. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The attorney general has sent the case back to the state law enforcement division (SLED) for a more thorough investigation. SLED has been added to this petition to keep the pressure on both departments to hold Chesterfield County accountable for this cruelty.

    16. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Updated information on the rally scheduled for April 21st:

    17. Reached 4 signatures
    18. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Chesterfield County Sheriff tries to use the cruelty at his shelter to raise money: "... hopefully, instead of condemning us, people will understand it takes money to operate."

      Was the dogfighting going to be a fundraiser? Budget problems are no excuse for cruelty. Chesterfield County must be held accountable!

    19. Reached 3 signatures
    20. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Other SC shelters express concern over what was happening in Chesterfield County:

    21. Reached 2 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • dorothy v. james GIBBSBORO, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      This is murder, plain and simple. Aggravated murder actually and the perpetrators should be charged accordingly, period!!

    • marla lowman YORK, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      These precious animals deserve so much better than this!! >^..^<

    • Elizabeth Lechner ROCK HILL, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      This is beyond being able to believe! Those animal control officers were horribly abusing innocent and defenseless animals while stealing the euthanasia drugs to sale on the street, AND taking dogs from the shelter for dog fighting. Anyone not willing to make a stand for these innocent lives lost must have ice water running through their veins, to not feel compassion for the poor animals. Not to mention the animal control officers were also getting pay checks while all of this was going on.

      You have the power to make a difference, please put a stop to this abrse in Chesterfield County.

      You can not be proud of this..what a reputation to have. PLEASE make a difference and have the laws changed.

      • about 3 years ago


    • Phillip Yontz ROCK HILL, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      I normally do not support many of the causes of change.org, in many ways I am to the right of Rush Limbaugh politically. But. this abuse and the fact that Brian Burch was running a dog fighting operation under the nose of the Sheriff either means the Sheriff is grossly incompetent or complicit. Justice requires all be held accountable to the maximum extent of the law, not a slap on the wrist.


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