Workers say animal shelter needs overhaul

by: Linda Stouffer Updated:

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Task force members looking into DeKalb County's Animal Services tell Channel 2 Action News, it's time to renovate or build a new facility, and add staff.

Executive Committee member Rebecca Guinn told Channel 2's Linda Stouffer, "I don't think people have any idea how bad the problem is here."

Guinn and several other members said the main building on Camp Road in Decatur is aging and needs renovation.

Workers complain about standing water, bugs and the lack of an air conditioning system in the dog kennel area.

Guinn is also concerned about the shelter's euthanasia numbers.
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"About 8,000 animals come into the county each year and over half of them are euthanized, between 50 and 70 percent," Guinn said.

Private shelters that include LifeLine in Avondale Estates rescue some of the cats and dogs, but they depend on private donations.

The committee is looking into the best practices at other shelters and they are also asking DeKalb residents to fill out a survey about animal concerns.

Guinn said she's very hopeful that changes will be made, especially since the county put the task force together with the input of staff and private citizens.

They are finalizing their report and will present findings to the DeKalb commission later this month.

"This is something we really feel needs to be a priority. I think the public, when they know about it, they are going to want to do something about this," Guinn said.