Now the real work begins

City recasts commitment to stray animals, but follow-through is key

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Because the cats and dogs at Augusta Animal Services can’t say it clearly to the city, we will.

Thank you.

Interim City Administrator Tameka Allen announced Thursday that the city’s Mack Lane shelter is temporarily stopping the euthanization of animals – except for the very sick and most vicious. Animal Services also will start working with a rescue group and clinic to adopt out more spayed and neutered animals, Allen said.

The shelter’s kill rate is unconscionable – 70 percent by the city’s estimation, higher by others’. Animal rescuers had long been outraged over this, and on Thursday – through an outpouring of phone calls and emails to the city – Augustans showed they clearly had had enough.

It’s encouraging news for animal lovers. Rescue groups will have their work cut out for them as more potential pets become eligible to be released into the care of these agencies.

We applaud the city for its response to the powerful public outcry. And we’re looking forward to delivering a standing ovation when we see far fewer animal deaths in Augusta, and many more cats and dogs finding loving homes.

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historylover 07/12/14 - 08:53 am
Awesome News

Thank you ACES for pushing this point so directly into the public forum. Great reporting and editorializing! Thank YOU!

ralphinga 07/12/14 - 10:15 am
Now the true cost begin to accumulate.....

It is going to cost to coordinate all of these volunteers. They will all have to be registered and given safety briefings at a minimum, to reduce liability. Who's going to do this ? Some of the many existing city employees? Start charging license fees for every pet, begin by when they are spayed /neutered and fine those who don't comply.

Fiat_Lux 07/12/14 - 02:45 pm
And now that people have successfully risen up in arms

for the sake of innocent animals' lives, perhaps they will give more than a passing thought to the innocent lives being snuffed out every single week at Broad and 13th streets and at the corner of Davis and Pleasant Home roads.

After all, it's innocent, defenseless life that's being murdered in those places, even if it is only human life.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 07/12/14 - 03:31 pm
Be Careful

Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.

I think that the city should have eased gradually into this new policy. By saying that starting yesterday the pound will no longer euthanize animals other than incurably sick ones and especially vicious ones, they will have to dump all their adoptable animals onto this one Augusta animal rescue group. That's a big burden to bear and they cannot have been prepared for such a quick influx of large amounts of dogs (nobody's said anything yet about cats).

Typical knee-jerk policy making for Augusta Commissioners. I hope those three candidates for city administrator can see what the "winner" is in for in the circus of Augusta. The new city administrator will become the head clown.

unapologetik 07/12/14 - 07:07 pm

That was one of the most accurate and coherent statements I've ever read in my life.

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