“Every dog” in the Lifeline DeKalb County Animal Shelter is at risk of euthanasia, according to the AJC.
Until now, the DeKalb shelter under LifeLine’s management has aimed to keep euthanasia rates as low as possible, a decision some now blame for the severe overcrowding. At various points in recent months, nearly 700 dogs have been held at a shelter built for 250.
Guinn said the shelter is at a breaking point and cannot humanely manage the number of dogs in its care.
“I don’t know how to stress this enough, we’re at a point where we’ve run out of time,” Guinn said. “Every dog in the DeKalb County shelter is at risk of euthanasia.”
On average, the shelter has been euthanizing two dogs each day, she said. As part of a 60-day plan to reduce the shelter’s dog population, that number now could rise to as many as nine dogs each day.
Currently, LifeLine identifies dogs for euthanasia and puts them on an “urgent” list a couple of days in advance of the procedure. The list goes on LifeLine’s website and is also shared with volunteers, who then begin a frantic effort to find people to adopt or foster the dogs. For weeks, LifeLine’s Facebook groups have been deluged with post after post trying to get urgent dogs out.
Pen 226 is the temporary home for a two-year old, 17.6-pound male Dachshund mix who is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA.
Habersham County is hosting a fundraiser to support their animal shelter, according to AccessWDUN.
The first annual event, dubbed “Howl-Ween Pawty,” is set to take place in Cornelia on Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fenders Alley. Animal Control officials are hoping to raise enough money to purchase two kitten incubators, along with community spay and neuter vouchers, according to Director Madi Nix.
The overall goal for the event is to raise approximately $7,500.
The public is encouraged to wear costumes and there will be prizes given out as part of a costume contest. Fenders Alley is reportedly a pet-friendly venue and there is no entrance or ticket fee to attend.
Floyd County Commissioners passed an ordinance requiring spay / neuter of pets, according to the Rome News Tribune.
That split vote consisted of Commission Chair Allison Watters and Commissioners Wright Bagby and Rhonda Wallace to approve and Commissioners Scotty Hancock and Larry Maxey against.
Hancock said the ordinance doesn’t go far enough to address the glut of strays in the county. Unfortunately, one way to deal with the issue is to increase the facility’s euthanasia rate, he said.
The Floyd County Public Animal Welfare Services facility on North Avenue is at capacity with stray animals. This has the effect of keeping animal control officers from picking up anything except dangerous or severely injured animals.
“We’re not 100% sure this will be effective,” County Manager Jamie McCord said. “But we are 100% sure that what we’re doing now is not working.”