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Animal lovers urge Clayton County leaders to stop killing animals

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Passionate pleas filled an otherwise ordinary commission meeting in Clayton County Tuesday night.

Dozens of animal rescue groups, volunteers and advocates filled the room to urge county leaders to do something about the County shelter. The shelter put down 22 dogs and a cat two weeks ago, and another 13 animals two weeks before that.

"We were alarmed as a rescue group to hear 22 dogs were put down without any calls to rescue groups at all," Lance White with the Humane Society told the five commissioners.

The regular commission meeting started with comments from a frustrated public, including White. Most came to speak against the county's current animal shelter and how the police department runs it.

"Clayton County animal control needs a staff vet. They need a staff vet on hand," implored Lisa Flemming, who runs a boarding facility. "There's animals that do get sick because when you combine a lot of animals in one building, that's what happens."

"We're also concerned that Clayton County doesn't do immediate care for animals on intake," White added. "There are no vaccinations given, which causes disease to spread."

The shelter puts down dogs and cats because of sickness and overcrowding. Meanwhile, $4.1 million for a new, bigger and better facility sits, unused, since 2009. Commissioners told CBS46 they are looking for a location. But still, nothing.

Flemming urged commissioners to get a new shelter up by 2016. "Please have a staff vet and a kennel manager. Please vaccine on intake," she said.

Commission Chairman Jeff Turner recently told CBS46 the county is still looking for a viable location for the new shelter. Once they get that it still takes up to a year or more to build the new facility and be ready for business.

"People get very passionate about their animals. We're passionate about animals," Amy Adams of Partners for Pets rescue group told CBS46 reporter Donna Rapado. "Everyone here just wants the best for the animals. We don't want them euthanized. We want them seen. We want them circulated."

"Please stop the killing. That's all we ask. Stop the killing. Thank you," was animal advocate Danny Kirby's last emotional plea to the commission, as everyone clapped.

According to Partners with Clayton County Animal Control, commissioners approved to add a vet tech position as well as a paid rescue coordinator position. They also approved that the staff be trained to euthanize animals themselves.

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