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Ire over Clayton County shelter euthanizing pets promised for rescue

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In a statement to cbs46.com, from the director of the Clayton County Animal Shelter, contending the county is "leaning toward a no-kill, low-kill shelter," rescue volunteers and humane organizations are confused and angry after 22 dogs and one cat were euthanized last Thursday at the Georgia facility with no prior notice.

Seven of the dogs already had adoption commitments, and according to volunteers, the shelter had already been informed. Partners for Pets volunteer Amy Adams wants to know why; after all the photos of the rescued dogs had already been posted on the rescue site and adopters were already looking forward to their new family members:

"I'm shocked. I mean, why would you put animals down that had rescue? I don't understand," asked Amy.

The curt reply from Captain Jackson stated:

"They need to contact us way beforehand in order to get these animals out of here, and we will provide the appropriate information for them to be removed."

In a Change.org petition, volunteers and humane supporters speaking for those who cannot speak and who are entitled to protection, have further explained the situation. The petition includes the heartbreaking photos of the innocent animals euthanized last week; it states:

"When Clayton County PD ended the relationship with the Partners of Clayton County Animal Control, concerned citizens and rescue groups were told that the new Animal Control management had a plan in place for how to maintain the low kill rate without the aid of Partners. On July 24th, 2014, volunteers, citizens and rescue groups were told that AC was going to be closed for regular maintenance. This wasn’t a regular occurrence; it hasn’t happened since I began following CCAC a year ago. Rumors began to circulate that day that over 20 dogs had been killed while the shelter was closed."

Diana Moore, the liaison for the rescue groups, resigned on Monday. She was frustrated and disappointed that her time to work at the shelter had been greatly restricted.

And to make matters even more contentious and worse for the shelter animals, the volunteers at Partners with Clayton County Animal Control had raised funds for 15 outside kennels on cement pads to help with overcrowding conditions; those shelters have since been dismantled and removed:

"We signed them over to CCAC when we left as their rescue coordinators. Today, we've been informed that they have been taken down and are no longer being used at CCAC. If this doesn't prove they don't have any intention of saving dogs, nothing does."

For more information and how you can help:

Please help us by showing up, and speaking out by attending the Clayton County Commission meeting next week. We must let the commissioners know that CCAC needs CHANGE.

Board of Commissioners Meeting
Date: August 5, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Boardroom located at 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro, Georgia

Event: Regularly scheduled meeting on the first and third Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., unless postponed to a subsequent date by action taken at a regular meeting.

Meetings are open to the public.

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