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City releases emails between mayor and Decatur shelter

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The shelter has been asked to dramatically decrease the number of animals it houses. The shelter has been asked to dramatically decrease the number of animals it houses.

Emails obtained by The Decatur Daily between the mayor of Decatur and the area animal shelter paint a clearer picture of what happened when the shelter was ordered to reduce the number of animals from 300 to 45.

Decatur Mayor Don Kyle makes it clear in the emails – he wants to reduce the number of animals at the shelter. In one email, he states he wants it done within 30 days, and in another, asks Animal Services Director Carol Wicks how quickly that can be done.

The Decatur Daily obtained two dozen pages of emails between Wicks and Kyle. In an email from Sept. 27 talking about a citizen's concern and the budget, Mayor Kyle writes:

I have and will continue to consult with advisory board members. I have begun to consult a variety of reading materials. I am tired of hearing "no-kill shelter" attitudes and the innuendo of threat if the city does not comply. I repeat, we are not operating a shelter, no matter what you wish it to be.

In another email on Oct. 2, Mayor Kyle writes to Wicks again. He gives 16 reasons why he's ordering changes at Decatur Animal Services. He then writes:

You can resolve most of the above by doing one thing. Stop hoarding, soliciting, collecting, or what you want to call it, the number of animals you are trying to keep. You'll solve the cleanliness and odor problems, and your staff will have time to be more friendly and do the kind of paperwork that you should have been doing.

The email goes on to say:

The continual inventory of animals should not be higher than 30 cats and 25 dogs. Don't tell me you cannot get to that number. Tell me how you can get there within 30 days and then maintain it.

Messages to Mayor Kyle for comment were not returned.

As of Oct. 23, Decatur Animal Services reports there are 104 cats and 18 dogs still awaiting adoption.

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