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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

CONTACT:

Dr. Lee Hunter, director
NCDA&CS Animal Welfare Section
(919) 715-7111

NCDA&CS revokes facility license of
Fayetteville boarding kennel

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today revoked the facility license of Urban Dog Outsitters of Fayetteville and assessed a $2,500 civil penalty for failure to comply with the N.C. Animal Welfare Act. The facility was ordered to immediately cease and desist boarding animals because a facility license is required by state law.

The closure and penalty come after the facility failed inspection for the fourth time in eight months. In that time period, it was inspected six times. The facility received a warning letter in November and, following another failed inspection, was assessed a civil penalty of $250 in December, which was paid.

The most recent inspection came June 17 after a complaint was filed by a service member who said his animal required veterinary care for dehydration and abrasions after a three-day stay at the facility. The June inspection showed similar problems as in previous inspections. The June inspection found an animal that was housed in an unsecured, outdoor run without food or shelter, no personnel on site, and unsanitary conditions indoors and out.

“We try hard to help facilities come into compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, but if our inspectors find that the same violations of the Animal Welfare Act continue to exist -- especially those that affect the health and safety of animals in their care -- we have to take action,” said Dr. Lee Hunter, director of the NCDA&CS Animal Welfare Section. “The inspection reports show that Urban Dog Outsitters continued to have similar problems, affecting the care of the animals that were entrusted to them.”

At the time the cease and desist letter was delivered this morning, there were seven dogs and two cats at the facility. Urban Dog Outsitters has voluntarily turned the care of these animals over to the owner of another facility.

All inspection reports can be found at www.ncagr.gov/vet/aws/Inspections/index.htm. Select “Cumberland County” and “Urban Dog Outsitters” will be listed under Boarding Kennels.

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