New questions about kill rate at Clayton County animal shelter - CBS46 News

New questions about kill rate at Clayton County animal shelter

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JONESBORO, GA (CBS46) -

The director of the Clayton County animal shelter would not confirm whether up to 20 animals were euthanized Thursday, as sources told CBS46 News.

Asked if the facility was no longer killing animals, shelter director Captain Andre Jackson said, "Well, we're working on the process at this time. Everything takes planning and a process."

Jackson denied that rescue groups were now shut out of the shelter.

"We don't have anybody that's shut out from our facility because we are a county building, a county facility," said Jackson. "We have to work on partnerships, and with those partnerships come challenges. 

The director said he will work closely with more groups that can find homes for animals. On Thursday, the Atlanta Humane Society arrived to pick up eight dogs and five cats.

"At our shelter we won't euthanize our animals due to time or space," said Andre Lopez, the society's animal care manager. "Once they've been cleared and healthy, available to the public and everything, we're going to keep them as long as it takes."  

Lopez said the animals it picked up appeared to be in good condition.

"We're going to take every step necessary to treat them if they need to be treated, and then we'll put them up for adoption," said Lopez.

The county said the euthanasia rate at the shelter has been reduced by 80 percent recently.

"I'm against killing animals, I really am," said Otis Rush, who dropped off a litter of cats and kittens he found on the roadside. "I'm hoping that someone steps up and gives them some kind of funding and there won't be any more put to sleep."  

The county expects a report on Friday on a site in Ellenwood for a new shelter.

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