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Wake SPCA takes nine dogs from troubled Clayton shelter

Posted March 7, 2012
Updated March 8, 2012

— Nine dogs from a Johnston County shelter where the owner is facing allegations of neglect were moved Wednesday to the Wake County SPCA.

Concerned citizens took to Facebook to raise questions about care for animals at the Johnston County SPCA in Clayton. A former employee has alleged that owner Malinda Barefoot neglects animals and does not put enough of them up for adoption. The facility is open only by appointment.

Anna Vaughan, who did community service for about a month at the Johnston County SPCA, said the facility smelled bad and wasn't clean.

"I could see she really cared about the animals, but she just didn't keep it clean enough," Vaughn said. Wake SPCA takes dogs from Clayton shelter Wake SPCA takes dogs from Clayton shelter

Barefoot, who plans to retire in June and close the shelter, said she has devoted nearly three decades to animals at the shelter and would never neglect them.

"This is a vendetta. The animals are fed and watered every day, and I'm back every night," Barefoot said.

Still, Barefoot and the shelter's Board of Directors asked the Wake County SPCA to step in and help.

It wasn't clear whether the Wake shelter would take in more animals from Barefoot's facility, but the nine dogs that arrived Wednesday were being held at a kennel on U.S. Highway 70.

"I would characterize them as healthy dogs coming from a shelter," Hope Hancock of the Wake County SPCA said of the dogs on Wednesday. 

Hancock said the dogs will undergo a series of tests before they can be eligible for adoption. 

"We look at the animal from a health perspective. We look at the animal from a behavior modification perspective and take it from there," Hancock said.


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  • airunc Mar 9, 2012

    Okay- may want to clarify a few facts- The "kill" situation (Pet on WRAL) occurred at the Wake County Animal Shelter.
    The Clayton facility has NO HOURS - so how do you get animal adopted - how do they get seen and paired with responsible homes. WIthout that - you are just hoarding and harboring animals. The Wake SPCA -is a well organizied facility and adoption fees are used to provide the services it takes to safely house and rehabilitate animals for ADOPTION. Like Food, Medicine, Flea and Tick prevention, Spay and Neuter surgeries, and everything in between. Care is not Free- and neither is careful and accountable pet ownership. Period.

  • barbstillkickin Mar 9, 2012

    You have got to be kidding me. Do you really think the SPCA gives a hoot about the animals. All they want is money. Humane shelter treats the animals like they should be treated. I just adopted tow dogs from the Humane shelter. When we went back to see the dogs they were in large clean cages with water and food at their fingertips. They were happy tail wagging and ready to go. The people working there treated them like their own. SPCA was dirty where the dogs were and the dogs would stay all the way in the back of the cage like they were afraid to come out. Wake up people the SPCA is the worst place for a dog or any animal. We need to make the SPCA go out of business and stop them from destroying these animals even more. I have been in both SPCA and the Humane Shelter and the volunteers are so nice at the humane shelter. They even name the dogs and go in the cages everyday for one on one. SPCA just wants money. Seen it with my own eyes.

  • Lee Holloway Mar 8, 2012

    Thanks to the tireless efforts of former shelter employees and volunteers, these animals are finally getting the attention and care they need and can hopefully be placed in forever homes. The shelter was dismal, filthy, and unlikely to actually allow adoptions. Thank you to those who took on this battle and brought this disgraceful and tragic situation to the public's attention. And, most importantly, are improving the lives of animals. Cannot thank you enough!

  • barbstillkickin Mar 8, 2012

    I really wish these animals were given to the Humane Shelter over the SPCA. I have two wonderful dogs I adopted from the Humane Shelter. I have been a animal lover and owner for 50 years but SPCA turned me down because my last dog was over weight. Did not die from over weight died from Cancer. Just saying these animals would have had a better chance of being in a loving home through the Human Shelter then with the SPCA. Never in 50 years ever been turned down for adopting a dog. Even my vet was shocked. SPCA got the overweight problem from the Pet Smart vet that pulled a tooth on my dog because my vet was closed. Will never recommend SPCA and will never shop at Pet Smart. Petco is where my dogs get their treats.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 8, 2012

    With all the quality dogs needing a home, I can't for the life of me see why anyone would buy one instead of adopting one.

  • apexmomof3 Mar 8, 2012

    Kudos to Wake County SPCA! I agree with other posters that you can find quality pets at the animal shelter. My family adopted a 4 month old black lab puppy that was an owner surrender at the Wake County New Bern Ave. shelter. He was brought out from the "back room," so he did indeed have little time left. I am proud to say he has become the most loving family pet anyone could ask for, tolerating the "love" of three children. He also completed Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog training at only 1 year old. People, please give shelter dogs a chance, and you may be surprised by what they give you in return.

  • carlostheass Mar 8, 2012

    "Not going to debate the topic of did she or didn't she...just want to say THANK YOU for helping to the Wake County SPCA!" -- pirategirl12

    I agree completely. I proudly support the SPCA of Wake County.

  • ncrebel Mar 8, 2012

    christopherstancil and anyone else interested in adopting-

    Just an FYI - Lee County Shelter had a PB Blue Tick hound dumped last week WITH PAPERS! She was adopted. Also had several PB GSD's dumped, one with papers. All have been rescued or adopted.

    I am just saying - If anyone is interested a quality animal, PB or not, please, please, check with your local county animal shelter. They are brimming with all shapes, colors and sizes that make excellent pets! They all deserve a home and their time is very limited.

  • Studio13 Mar 7, 2012

    I personally know someone who has worked there for three years. They love these dogs, they name them, care for them, nurse them back to health whenever possible. I've been hearing all about this controversy going on from the beginning. It's a shame that one or two people can make accusations and get a bunch of others to believe their exagerations and cause all this trouble.

  • jenzcatz99 Mar 7, 2012

    liskm - Wake County SPCA is a no-kill shelter. They will do everything they can to keep animals from the Johnston County location from being euthanized.