From John Eberhart via Sagamore Hills neighborhood listserv: Please join Advocates for DeKalb Animals Monday, July 16, at 11:00 AM on Decatur Square (behind the Old DeKalb County Courthouse). From there we'll walk to the CEO's office at 330 West Ponce de Leon. Please wear a red shirt. CEO Burrell Ellis and Commissioners have been apathetic. Ellis is stalling on the new shelter that he promised to break ground on within the year (interview with WSB-TV in March). Also, his office backtracked on a promised permanent air conditioning unit for the current shelter.
To add your name to the petition, see the reports, and contact your Commissioners.
Of every FIVE animals that enter the DeKalb County "shelter," THREE are euthanized (i.e., about 5,000 adoptable animals per year). DeKalb's is one of the oldest shelters in the state. The facility, deplorable for employees and animals alike, features: standing water and mold; overwhelming odor; overcrowded cages; inadequate cooling and ventilation; and lack of quarantine for sick animals, promoting disease throughout the building.
Quotes from the final Task Force Report presented already to CEO Burrell Ellis and the Board of Commissioners:
“The DeKalb County shelter facility is a chamber of horrors.”
“During the summer, the kennel area is filled with fruit flies to the extent that some of the dog run walls appear black with the thick layer of insects.”
“While the SOP Manual dictates otherwise, dogs are frequently kept in their kennels while the kennels are hosed down, keeping the animals dripping wet.”
"According to staff, cats are restrained with the use of a 'rabies pole' or 'catch pole'...then immobilized by an officer stepping on the animal’s back or legs while the euthanasia drug is administered. This method is wholly inconsistent with the ASV Guidelines.”
Hoping we'll see you Monday!