It is known to many people that many dogs are put to sleep every year in animal shelters. But euthanizing 64 canines in a week is just extreme. Clayton County Animal Shelter in Georgia put down 64 pups two weeks ago. The Clayton County Animal Control explained the shelter’s action via a post on their Facebook page and wrote:
“It is with great sadness that I inform you, the Clayton County community, pet owners and valued rescue groups, of a serious health issue that occurred at the Clayton County Animal Control Facility. Last week CCPD Animal Control in-processed some animals that had serious contagious health issues which potentially put all animals housed at our facility at risk. After consultation with medical personnel it was strongly recommended that we euthanize the animals that were infected in order to protect the welfare of the other animals that are under our care. By doing so we hopefully have mitigated any further issues that would potentially impact the operation of the facility and jeopardize the health of any other animals. Thank you all for your assistance and understanding in this matter.”
But the explanation didn’t satisfy the community of Clayton, Georgia and they are demanding for more explanation from the shelter. In fact, last Monday night dog lovers in the community gathered together in front the Animal Control office and did a peaceful protest. Dr. Elizabeth Perry, DVM was baffled with the mass killing of the dogs. In an interview with WSB she said: “I don’t know any veterinarian that’s going to recommend euthanasia versus treating an animal that’s sick. That’s not normally the way an infectious disease is handled.” Dr. Perry also mentioned that she wasn’t present when the dogs were euthanized because she hasn’t been at the shelter for almost a month.
One of the protesters is Shelby Swatek, who is also a volunteer, said that the dogs death wasn’t needed. She added that many of the dogs could have been rescued. While protesters are asking a lot of questions the shelter staff didn’t offer them anymore answers. “We have to maintain our focus to make sure these animals are healthy,” explained Animal Control Commander Andre Jackson via WSB interview.
This is really sad news. We hope that the community of Clayton County will get the answers soon and it better not be nonsense reasoning.
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