More criminal charges against fired Martin County animal control director

More criminal charges have been brought against the fired Martin County Animal Control director, the same day he had his euthanasia certification revoked permanently by state officials.

Last month, Pete Brock was fired by the county for not properly euthanizing a cat that was later found alive in a freezer the next day.

Brock was also arrested on a charge of communicating threats involving an employee at animal control.

Martin County Chief Deputy Tim Manning says Brock turned himself in Friday afternoon on a charge of felony cruelty to animals. Chief Manning says that involves the death of a dog on December 3rd at the animal shelter.

That death was detailed in a Department of Agriculture report which accompanied his revocation.

In early December, the report says Brock authorized a dog be put down that had been in the shelter for approximately 20 days. It says he shot the dog, while in a shelter run, multiple times with darts containing euthanasia solution. Once the dog went down, the report says Brock went into the run and completed the task by injecting more euthanasia solution.

The state originally suspended the man's certification to perform euthanasia, after it learned of two cases involving the euthanization of two cats.

In the first case, an employee brought a "teen-aged" kitten that was barely alive, with icicles on its whiskers, ear tips and fur. The report says the employee later found the kitten still alive in a freezer for cat carcasses. A vet technician took the kitten, with she and her colleagues saving it.

Brock is also accused of improperly euthanizing a second cat last month. In that case, a state inspector found a cat at the shelter in a trap that was in distress. An employee told the inspector that Brock had euthanized the animal and left--telling the employee to check on the cat and to finish euthanizing it, if necessary. The state says that employee isn't certified to perform euthanasia, and that the cat was taken to a local vet where they put it down.

The Department of Agriculture says it forwarded possible criminal violations involving the handling of control substances by Brock to the Martin County Sheriff's Office as well.

Brock was released after posting a $500 secured bond. He has a March 30th court date.


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There are more details on the firing of Martin County Animal Control director Henley Pete Brock, who is under investigation for euthanizing a cat, that was later found alive in the shelter's freezer.

While the state is investigating -- the former director is now facing charges for threatening one of the employees at animal control.

Brock is the only person licensed at the Martin County Animal Shelter to euthanize animals.

On February 13th, he was fired for not properly euthanizing a cat that was later found in a freezer the day before.

The county manager says they recently started lethal injections on animals after receiving grant funds to do away with the gas chamber.

David Bone says, "This was a new program we started recently, so anytime you start something new, there can be challenges."

Bone says the State Department of Agriculture came to the shelter for a routine inspection to check on how they put down animals.

He says, "Part of that process was when they found some discrepancy about the records."

Bone says that included some missing narcotics, as well issues over the botched procedure.

We spoke to Brock over the phone who tells us he plans to talk with an attorney.

He says he wasn't at the shelter at the time of the euthanization.

We checked with Bone, who says his time sheet claims he was on the job on February 12th.

Bone says, "He's had a good career, unfortunately these circumstances came up and so we're dealing with them ."

Brock is dealing with a charge of communicating threats.

According to the warrant we obtained from the Martin County Courthouse, Brock allegedly told a former employee, "We will meet again...Watch your back, I am going to get you."

Brock had no comment about that.

Bone says local veterinarians have volunteered to help at the center.

As for the cat, we're told it was adopted.

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A county animal control director has been fired after a cat that he was trying to euthanize was found alive the next day in a freezer.

Martin County Manager David Bone confirms that Pete Brock is no longer a county employee.

WITN News has learned that Brock was arrested today by deputies on a charge of communicating threats. The victim was a former co-worker of Brock's, according to deputies.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture, which regulates animal shelters and the euthanization of pets, says they suspended Brock's license to euthanize animals while they conduct an investigation. Dr. Patricia Norris told WITN that she believes the cat that was improperly euthanized is still alive.

An agriculture department spokesman said they have also notified other authorities of possible missing narcotics at the animal shelter. The Martin County Sheriff's Office referred questions back to the county manager on whether they were also conducting an investigation.

Dr. Norris said area veterinarians have volunteered to euthanize animals until their investigation is complete. That is expected to take a week or so, according to Norris.

Brock, a county employee for just over three years, was fired Thursday for "grossly inefficient job performance", according to his dismissal letter.

The county claims Brock left the animal shelter on February 12th after starting to euthanize a cat, but before death was confirmed. It also says Brock failed to store "under lock and key" controlled substances used to euthanize animals.

"Your mismanagement of the Martin County Euthanasia Program has sullied the reputation of Martin County and will cost Martin County limited, valuable resources," the dismissal letter stated.

Brock was first suspended by the county the day after the improper euthanization. On the communicating threats charge, the man posted bond and was released.