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Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter


Genesee County Commissioners decided today to resume euthanizing dogs and cats at the county animal shelter.

Less than two months ago, the county decided to institute a ‘no-kill’ policy at the shelter.  

Under the old policy, dogs and cats would only be “put-down” with a written order from a veterinarian or a court.   But shelter officials say the shelter’s animal population has soared since the policy began.   

The new policy will give the shelter broader latitude to euthanize dogs and cats.

Opponents blamed the management of the shelter for problems at the facility. 

Richard Angelo was among a large group at today’s meeting opposed to euthanizing dogs and cats at the county shelter.

“Don’t take one month and pretend you’re running the shelter…and pretend that you are now all of a sudden an expert on animal sheltering and practices….that’s just absurd,” says Angelo,  “We had people from across the state come here today to offer their assistance and this is how they’re treated.”

Last year, four thousand dogs and cats were euthanized at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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