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Leaders to address officer shortage, wait times with Fulton County Animal Services

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Atlanta leaders are going to allocate $135,000 to Fulton County Animal Services to address an officer shortage and late response times.

City Chief Operating Officer Dan Gordon said the money will go towards 100 additional hours of man power per week.

“What this will do is give them the flexibility to at times add overtime in with existing shifts and hire additional officers,” said Gordon.

Fulton County chairman John Eaves said officers will spend more time within Atlanta city limits.

“Now the person who’s working the 40 hour week, a significant portion of his or her hours will be set aside specifically for the city of Atlanta,” said chairman John Eaves.

CBS46 discovered last year that there were almost 18,000 calls for dog bites or stray dogs, and more than 10,000 of them were in Atlanta.

Gordon said close to 50 percent of calls come in between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. He said that’s when officers will patrol bus stops and other vulnerable areas.

The family of Logan Braatz, the 6 year-old-boy who was killed in a vicious dog attack, said it’s not enough.

“There's holes in the logic on just throwing money and more man hours on it. It’s one way to help curb the problem. It's not a way to stop a problem,” said Logan’s uncle, Andie Brasley.

Atlanta and Fulton County leaders will hold monthly meetings to discuss the progress of the plan. 

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