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DeKalb County commission delays action on animal shelter site

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The DeKalb County Commission decided to delay action Tuesday on selecting a site for a new animal shelter.

The commission decided it needs more information before signing off on a site near DeKalb- Peachtree Airport.  It has delayed action several times since March.

"How much more studying can you do?" animal rights activist Barbara Davis asked the board.  "What are you afraid of, that you're going to get it wrong?  Really, can you get it any more wrong than it is now?" 

Davis was among dozens of animal lovers who packed into Tuesday's meeting.  Many complained about the conditions at the current shelter built in 1989. 

The facility has no air conditioning, a leaky roof and broken cages.  The director provided figures that show more than 3,000 animals were euthanized in 2012. 

"The smell and reality of death is there in that place and the animals now and feel it," said Sue Kautz.

The commission has secured $2.8 million for the first phase of the new shelter but cannot agree on the best site for it. 

"That shelter is an embarrassment," said Sonali Saindane who led an advisory board appointed by the county.  "If you haven't been there, go there and see it for yourself.  It's a reflection on our county."

Commissioners asked a staff committee to gather more hard data on the feasibility of the airport location and report back to them. 

"This is political, under the table, something's going on," said Davis.  "We don't know.  We're tired of it." 

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