A group of animal rights activists will gather in Columbia this afternoon, to demonstrate on behalf of shelter animals.
Their effort is the result of an incident in early March in Chesterfield County, where a number of dogs at the county shelter allegedly were shot to death and buried in a landfill.
The Animal Adoption League says it will hold a rally from 3-6 p.m. on the North Grounds of the State House.
Melanie Stines, an organizer of the rally, said the event is in memory of what she calls the Chesterfield 22. The group says 22 dogs were killed at the Chesterfield shelter.
A search of the landfill has turned up the bodies of two dogs that had been shot, though animal activists believe there are more buried elsewhere at the facility.