Alleged Acts of Sick Animal Cruelty Must be Punished

Target: Garry Frank, District Attorney of Davidson and Davie County, NC

Goal: Give women harsh sentence for allowing dog to die in pain from a broken back and for committing other animal cruelty crimes if they are found guilty.

A dog was allegedly not given urgently needed medication by animal shelter employees and several other animals may have been abused. Activists need to take action to better ensure all other shelter animals are treated humanely.

Former United Animal Coalition workers Marsha Mayo Williams, Marissa Lee Studivent and Dana Lenelle Williams-King who were formerly in charge of shelter operations at Guilford County and Davidson County, NC animal shelters may be brought up on felony animal cruelty charges. The women are accused of not getting one dog proper medical care after it was thought that the dog broke its back. Instead of helping the animal and giving it medication for pain, it was reported that the former shelter director–Marsha Mayo Williams–hoarded the pain pills for herself and did so by creating false invoices that showed the medication was transferred from Davidson County Animal Shelter to Guilford County Animal Shelter. Unfortunately, the dog had to be put down, likely because the pain and injury became even more severe without proper treatment.

Law enforcement has still been unable to find several pertinent records pertaining to the case after conducting a lengthy investigation, although it is thought that more animals may have been neglected or abused. However, according to shelter workers, records were purposely destroyed. Therefore, little information is known about how the animals may have been treated.

Urge the attorney general to do everything possible in order to make sure a thorough trial is conducted by putting these shelter workers who apparently knew about the destroyed records on the witness stand and further to suggest that these women be given a harsh sentence if they are found guilty of any animal abuse or neglect. Animals deserve better than to be mistreated by the people who are supposed to be looking out for their welfare.


Dear District Attorney Frank,

Marissa Lee Studivent, Marsha Mayo Williams and Dana Lenelle Williams-King may all be indicted on felony animal cruelty charges for severe mistreatment of animals. It is important that a thorough trial take place in order to ensure that other shelter animals will be safe in the future.

It is alleged that a veterinarian was not called after a dog was thought to break its back and that pain pills at the shelter were also never given to the animal to help alleviate its pain. Former shelter director Marsha Mayo Williams was thought to take all pain medication from the shelter and to hide doing so by creating fake invoices showing the controlled substance had been transferred from one shelter to the other.

Because law officials have been unable to find documentation that accounts for either any of the animals’ welfare or shelter finances, these women still have yet to be found guilty. According to shelter workers, all such records were destroyed.

It is therefore important that a thorough trial is held and that shelter employees who police talked to be required to take the witness stand so that it can better be determined if any animal cruelty took place. Animals do not deserve to be abused by the people who are hired to take care of them on a daily basis.


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  1. michelle colhoun says:

    sick and sad!send a message and punish them by the law

  2. I will sign and share this petition to help stop animal abuse I love all animals

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