On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Carolina Veterinary Assistance & Adoption Group (CVAAG), Inc. had a transporter pick up an intact male dog named Hooch from Bladen County Animal Control, with the intention of ensuring Hooch would eventually find a forever home after being at Bladen County for several weeks. The transporter left Bladen County around noon on that day with a three hour expected trip to CVAAG. Within less than 2 hours of arrival at CVAAG, Hooch was surrendered to Rockingham Animal Control. The shelter manager at Bladen County Animal Control (BCAC) offered to drive to Reidsville and pick up Hooch prior to him being surrendered, but Herb Moniz of CVAAG did not allow that to happen. Instead he took Hooch to Rockingham Animal Control where Hooch was needlessly euthanized on Friday morning September 27, 2013. CVAAG needs a complete review of its treatment and policies of the animals brought to their care.
The concerns regarding this issue include the following: Hooch was not given the opportunity to acclimate to his new environment prior to being place in an area with other dogs; Hooch was put in the same area as other male dogs even though he was not neutered; Herb Moniz has surrendered other dogs to the local kill shelter in the past; Herb Moniz and CVAAG have been placed on several lists not allowing him to “pull” animals from various shelters; and CVAAG continues to need additional monitoring by NC Department of Agriculture shelter inspectors for basic concerns.
Carolina Veterinary Assistance & Adoption Group has surrendered other animals they have "rescued" from high kill shelters to their local high kill shelter. It is imperative that the practices of this shelter and its director, Herb Moniz, be thoroughly reviewed. Additionally, all interested parties including Bladen County Animal Control and other shelters that no longer allow this group to "pull" animals must be interviewed as a part of the process to ensure there is a clear understanding of the practices of this self-proclaimed “No Kill” shelter.
With these signatures there can be a movement to ensure that CVAAG be reviewed and its shelter license possibly be revoked