“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.”
From the shelter: Bobby and his buddy Copo came in together and share a kennel. They also share a love for cooling off in a pool. When one would step out, the other would step in. I couldn’t blame them; it was the heat of the day. Both are nice dogs. Bobby is more outgoing and came to me right away for pets and treats. Copo joined us, but his true happy place (with that thick coat) was in the pool.
You can read more about this dog and check out additional photos here: https://www.accgov.com/9482/Dogs
From the shelter: I love Leeroy! He’s a happy, good-natured fellow with lots of joy and smiles to share. He was thrilled to join me in the interaction pen, and the first thing he did was hop on the table as he’d seen other dogs do for a treat. Of course, he earned one, and he also earned them for lots of good sits. He lounged or sat in the pool to stay cool and enjoyed every minute of his time outside. He’s a super buddy who appreciates every bit of attention he gets.
From the Shelter: Spike came in with his best friend Jumper and seems to depend on his buddy to feel safe. He wasn’t interested in treats until Jumper started enjoying them, and when I tried to take Spike back to his kennel first, he wasn’t having it and wanted to stay with Jumper. Still, Spike is a sweet dog and has the most adorable hound dog ears.
Floyd County Commissioners will consider adopting an ordinance requiring spay/neuter of pets, according to the Rome News Tribune.
The ordinance was proposed in the wake of an explosion in stray animals that has filled up PAWS, the Floyd County Public Animal Welfare Services facility on North Avenue. Animal control officers are no longer picking up strays unless they are injured or a danger to people.
While the board normally meets in the evening, a change in the time for Tuesday’s session was approved on Sept. 26, along with the cancellation of the Dec. 26 meeting.
Also on the agenda is a nonbinding resolution urging the governor and legislature “to continue efforts to reform and improve mental health services for the citizens of Georgia.”