Richmond ‘no kill’ animal shelter under fire, former Rushville ‘whistle blower’ placed on leave

Richmond, In. — A not-for-profit “no kill” animal shelter in Richmond is answering allegations of dozens of euthanized animals since 2012. A report from Kicks 96 says employees and volunteers were asked to lie about seven healthy dogs that disappeared from the H.E.L.P. Center earlier this month.

The revelations were made public during a special meeting of the board of directors Monday night.

Officials have admitted to euthanizing more than 50 animals since 2012, but cited risks in the cases. The board released an official statement.

As a result of the investigation the group’s executive director Jamie Glandon has put on administrative leave. Glandon was the assistant animal control in Rushville and was credited as a “whistle blower” in a botched euthanasia procedure at the animal shelter.

In that case Glandon provided a statement to officials that said the animal control officer attempted to euthanize a Border Collie on August 8, 2007. On August 9 the statement says the animal control officer heard the dog howling from a freezer and administered another dose of the euthanasia medication. The statement goes on to say the Border Collie did not stop howling from the freezer until a third dose was administered hours later.

The case resulted in international media coverage, including a petition signed by more than 1,000 people worldwide.