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Animal Advocate: Puppies' Deaths Were Preventable

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Petersburg, VA—A local animal rescuer is upset, after she says a dog gave birth alone at the Petersburg Animal Shelter…and sadly, three of her four puppies did not survive.

Jill Navary says the dog she was waiting to adopt was left alone at the shelter while she gave birth to a litter of puppies.

"She went into labor at the shelter alone, she was left alone," Jill told 8News. "She delivered two puppies [at the shelter]. After several hours of labor, they took her to the vet and three of the puppies didn't make it."

When Jill went to the veterinarian's office to see the animals, she said the vet's tech gave her shocking news.

"The two puppies that were born at the shelter, when they made it to the vet, I was told by the vet tech yesterday that their temperature was so low it didn't register on the thermometer. Were they not wrapped in a blanket or heating pad?"

Jill says that this is the latest of several incidents she witnessed at the Petersburg Animal Shelter. She filed a formal complaint a few weeks ago, outlining the things she's seen first-hand which have disturbed her. 8News took those complaints to the shelter.

After several failed attempts to reach the Petersburg Animal Shelter by phone, we traveled to the Petersburg Animal Shelter, and spoke with an employee. The employee told us he didn't know much about the situation, and asked us to contact shelter's supervisor. As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, we are still waiting for a response.

Jill Navary feels the puppies' deaths could have been prevented, and that the Petersburg Animal Shelter has a history of problems.

"I've witnessed many incidents…no food, no water," Jill told 8News.

After investigating, we found that from 2008-2011, the shelter had multiple infractions (view documents below). Most of them were regarding building conditions and lack of proper documentation for euthanization. In 2011, all euthanizations were suspended, because the people administering them were not certified. The drugs and doses used in the euthanizations were also not approved.

We asked the state veterinarian, who oversees the shelter once a year, why the same problems had gone uncorrected year after year. We were told that shelters are usually given time to correct their problems.

In 2012, the Petersburg Animal Shelter passed its inspection with flying colors, and inspectors say conditions have improved greatly.

But Jill disagrees, and says there are still problems there. She has filed a formal complaint with the city, and police are investigating.

Stay with 8News for updates.

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Inspection Reports: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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