Less than two months after the no-kill policy went into effect, the Board’s 6-2 vote for a new policy will now bring back euthanasia.
The county's interim chief animal control officer and veterinarian asked for it to be reinstated, stating the shelter had become overcrowded, and animals were becoming ill.
Under the new policy, the chief officer is authorized to use euthanasia "to address overpopulation within the shelter."
Animal advocates attended the meeting, and a few spoke against the new euthanasia policy.
Richard Angelo of Genesee Residents for Animal Control Evolution blamed the commissioners. He stated that the no-kill experiment was doomed from the start because of their lack of commitment.
"It was never given a chance," Angelo said.
Before the no-kill policy, Genesee County ranked as having one of the highest euthanasia rates in the state. Last year, of the 6,125 animals at the shelter, 64 percent were euthanized.
The dog in the above photo is not named, however her cage number is 218/220. She is a Shepherd/Husky mix available for adoption at Genesee County Animal Shelter.
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