Animal shelter in Minot temporarily closed following alleged threats, trespassing
The Souris Valley Animal Shelter in Minot has temporarily closed, except for a few scheduled appointments, and has hired private security, after they say two men terrorized and threatened shelter staff last week.
No Trespassing warrants have been issued.
A post on the shelter's Facebook page says the men ignored warnings from police and continued returning to and calling the facility.
Their statement also said they won’t fully reopen until they know their staff and visitors are safe.
We spoke with the shelter's executive director, Shelby Waters, to learn how they're handling the situation and how the public can help out.
“People can still call to make an appointment, we have hired security and they will be managing that whole door process, but if you're coming unexpected we certainly cannot let you in. It has to be by appointment. If the community has time we'd love for them to schedule time to volunteer and play with our dogs because they are really suffering the most, including our staff,” Waters said.
The shelter asks everyone who needs to contact the shelter to leave a voicemail.
The Souris Valley Animal Shelter in Minot has temporarily closed its doors, with the exception of scheduled appointments, and has hired private security, after they say two men terrorized and threatened shelter staff this past week, prompting no-trespassing warrants.
In a post on the shelter's Facebook page, the shelter alleges the men ignored warnings from police and continued returning to the facility and relentlessly calling.
"Until we know staff and visitors are safe, we cannot risk the dangers of having violent offenders entering our building, with the potential goal of harming the staff and animals that are in our care," the statement reads, in part.
The shelter asks residents who need to contact the shelter to call, and to make sure to leave a voicemail.
Your News Leader is reaching out to Minot Police to learn more about the situation.
You can find the full statement on the shelter's Facebook page.