Jax was a beautiful 5-month-old collie mix, mistakenly killed September 9 at Greenville County Animal Care Services (GCACS). The information for this article was found on the Facebook page of Todd Williams, who has been a supporter for the high-kill shelter.
Todd officially pulled his support from the shelter on September 10 and posted the following statement
"I officially and formally withdraw my volunteer support for the Greenville County Animal Care shelter until director Shelly Simmons is no longer in control of the facility. In order to continue helping save the animals that the shelter wantonly kills I am now offering my volunteer time to animal rescue organizations. More and more information is brought to me daily regarding the shelter mismanagement and I can no longer sit idly by hoping my work is done for the greater good. The greater good is director Simmons removal before she further alienates the rescue community that saves her thanklessly time after time."
The death of Jax has upset a lot of people in the rescue community. At least two rescues had spoken up to save this dog from the euthanasia list. GCACS had given the deadline of September 7 to get the dogs on the super urgent list out of the shelter. According to the shelter, Jax was healthy. He had also been tested for temperament, and shown to be dog and people friendly. He would have made someone a great dog.
Jax had several people who wanted him. Since he was such a beauty, Jax may even have had a few people ask about adopting him. But his paperwork said he had rescue. Then to make matters worse, his photograph ended up in the Animals Rescued/Adopted September list on the Greenville County Pet Rescue page. At that time, no one knew he was about to die because of a "human error."
Jax was euthanized early Monday morning. Known to those who just thought of him as another dog, Jax was ANIMAL ID: 20406818. Was he euthanized before emails for rescue could be checked? Did the rescue coordinators know Jax was about to be killed? Was there no paperwork on his kennel saying he was confirmed to a rescue? These are all troubling questions that need to be answered by shelter director Shelly Simmons.
Shelly, why did Jax have to die yesterday? Was it because he was on the "out on September 7" list? Was it because one of the rescues wanting Jax had critisized the shelter because of the ill health and subsequent deaths of several dogs sent out of state to her rescue in July. All we want is the truth. Human mistake may be an excuse, but is it the truth?
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NOTE: This article does not necessarily reflect my personal opinion. I've supported the shelter for several years. I consider this a story that must be told so this never, ever happens again. Personally, I've never had a problem with any of the shelter staff, and will continue to report on the good things they do to save the animals.