A Rowan County, North Carolina rescue owner has been cleared of animal abandonment charges after an Iredell County District Court Judge dismissed the charges earlier this month. As a result, Jennifer Frasier will once again be allowed to rescue cats, Salisbury Post reported April 19.
In 2015 Frasier and her rescue Purfect Purbaby Rescue rescued 931 animals. According to Rowan County Manager Aaron Church, this accounted for 25 percent of all animals adopted for the year. Frasier was charged in December with animal abandonment after more than a dozen kittens were found listing microchip information in her name who were found in the Stateville area of Iredell County. . Frasier was able to present evidence showing she had handed the kittens off to another rescue and wasn’t responsible for them at the time they were found. In an interview with Salisbury Post, Frasier stated
“I hate that these kittens were abandoned, and I hate that it’s put a stain on all the good work we’ve done. We had all the paperwork, signed and dated, that verified that they were in someone else’s hands.”
Purfect Purbaby Rescue is the highest volume adopter at the Rowan County Animal Shelter. The rescue was banned from adopting animals due to the charges. For now Frasier will be allowed to adopt a limited number of animals. The State Animal Welfare Division records show Purfect Purbaby Rescue, located on Main Street in Statesville as being closed.
Church said Frasier won’t be limited to the number of animals she can save once she reopens her adoption center and passes state inspection. The adoption center passed twice last year before being closed down and Frasier says the animal abandonment charges were the only reason she was banned. Around 75 percent of the cats she “pulled” from North Carolina shelters who were deemed feral or unsocial found homes as barn cats or in feral colonies, Frasier reported.
Frasier’s father, Craig Gordon, who runs Carolina Sanctuary, was also charged with animal abandonment during the incident. His case is still pending. Meanwhile, North Carolina Animal Welfare Director Patricia Norris recommended in January that foster and rescue organizations submit applications to save animals and should be willing to limit the number of animals in a home at one time and be willing to submit to inspections. Aaron Church is considering limits for adopters at the Rowan County shelter.
For more information on Purfect Purbaby Rescue, including cats and kittens looking for a forever home, more information came be found on their Facebook community page.