by Sam Hieb
In case you missed it, N&R reported last week that Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes has filed misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against the former director of the county animal shelter, just days after Guilford’s district attorney announced there was insufficient evidence to file charges.
District Attorney Doug Henderson said he would review the charges and decide whether or not to prosecute. Barnes also requested that the case be transferred to Davidson County, where former animals shelter director Marsha Williams and and two other former employees face felony animal cruelty charges.
Barnes said it made sense to combine the cases, but it would also remove any conflict of interest questions due to ties both Barnes and Henderson have with the United Animal Coalition, the nonprofit that took over shelter operations in 1998.