Advocates, citizens concerned about Marshall County Animal Shelter

Published: Mar. 24, 2021 at 9:10 PM CDT
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - There’s a heated debate in Marshall County over conditions at a local animal shelter.

Passionate citizens crowded into Wednesday’s County Commission meeting.

No kill means that there is a 90 percent or better live release rate through either adoption, return to owner or return to another no kill shelter,” said Kay Johnson.

Johnson is the Executive Director of the Marshall County Animal Advocates.

She is one of many who spoke out at the Marshall County Commission meeting Wednesday night.

She said air conditioning is a vital need.

“In a shelter setting the HVAC system is used to control the temperature and humidity, reduce or eliminate the spread of disease and control odor. Temperature and humidity levels must allow an animal to maintain a normal body temperature,” said Jonson.

Advocates also spoke out against adding a euthanasia room to the shelter, that’s something the commission previously discussed.

Angie Moon said the commission should focus spending on keeping animals alive.

“I want to ask what kind of future are we envisioning for the animals in this county? Effective leadership should be focused on animal homelessness and not on more killing. If you’re not committed to positive changes then you should not do this job and shouldn’t have employees doing this job who can’t make the same commitment,” said Moon.

Citizens also pushed for a quarantine space that could be used for sick cats and dogs, and drainage upgrades in parts of the shelter that house animals.

The County Engineer said they’re taking input from the meeting, and going to contractors for bids.

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