DeKalb County animal advocates said they were surprised to learn Tuesday that the county's chief executive officer will select one top site for a new animal shelter.
"We took the time to go on a tour, to help evaluate the sites and basically at the end, we've been cut out of this process," said Yvonne Samuels, who serves on an animal advisory committee.
The county recently convened a special site selection committee to review 12 possible locations for the shelter and was expected to recommend three.
However, County Manager Zachary Williams told the county commission the CEO will pick one site and make his recommendation to the board next week.
"One thing I am real comfortable with is that this has been an unbiased process and there's been no meddling from anybody," said Claudette Leak, who is chairman of the special committee.
Animal advocates also criticized a $12,000 study done by Kennesaw State. It asked 400 participants from across the county whether they were likely to adopt a pet from a new shelter or volunteer at the facility.
Samuels noted there are more than 600,000 residents in DeKalb County.
"I thought it was a disgrace," said Carole Baker, a concerned citizen. "Twelve-thousand dollars for a four-question survey that did not tell us anything.
Animal rights advocates support a new shelter near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. They said the site is the cheapest and will be the most successful.
The CEO is expected to make his recommendation to a commission committee on June 4.
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