June 30, 2012
ANOTHER ANIMAL SHELTER HORROR STORY
STARVING CATS & MORE
This is a letter to the editor that appeared in the June 28, 2012 edition of "The Monticello News." Unfortunately, the news left out the pictures.
An Open Letter to All of Jasper County
I am fixing to tell what I found at the Animal Control
Shelter on Monday around 11:00AM 6/25/12.
I am a member of the Animal Control Committee. This Committee has been formed with the help
of the Jasper County Commissioners to try and detect all problems and ways to
solve and fix all problems. We have been
working with the Director Kelley Bowen and she has assured each and every one
of us that the animals are being taken care of.
When we have planned visits, things are not perfect showing areas that
need help. However with two unscheduled
visits happening this week. One on
Sunday 6/24 and mine on Monday 6/25 we found horrific conditions. I took pictures, however the pictures do not show how
horrific the conditions the animals were in and the mistreatment of all of
The Dogs were in better shape than
the cats. The cats have basically been
thrown in cages and left there to live in filth with no food and water. They
had not been feed since Friday noon 6/22/12.
They are given approximately 20
ounces of litter in a box which does not even cover the bottom, of the pan much
less give them any to cover their waste.
Anyone that has any knowledge of cats whatsoever knows a cat covers
Instead of putting the
correct amount needed and scooping the waste they throw in a large cup full and
toss it out occasionally.
The odor in the
cat room is so strong with Ammonia from the feces and urine it knocks you
down. When you walk in the room the cats
are all climbing the cages and crying begging for food, water and attention.
Here is a picture of just one of cats, desperate for food and water
Here's another with dried food on his face. The brown on his face is dried food not his color. He
is orange/yellow all over.
I grabbed a handful (several actually) and
tossed a little food in each cage to give them something immediately until all
could be handled properly. Myself, my
niece Rose Ashby Harris, Sheila Fielding from a neighboring shelter and Christy
the shelter worker (I may be misspelling her name) started working on getting
them all tended to. I socialized each
and every cat on the premises and put some food in bowls. My nieces feed and watered all of them. Sheila handled the litter boxes and Christy
cleaned the actual cages. Together we
got them all happy.
Rose and I also went
and gave each cage a blanket or towel etc so they would have something besides
the hard floor of the cage. Each and every one of these cats are loving
animals. None were mean as I had been
lead to believe; only mistreated and scared to death.
Christy told me that she had little knowledge of cats as she
was a dog person. I understand that and
gave her some tips on what cats need.
When I left, things still needed help and improvement, but the cats were
not in filth and had plenty of food and water and something soft to lie
on. They were not climbing the cages
begging and crying for food.
They do not get any exercise nor human contact and
ate up all the love and attention that I gave them while things were being
improved. These animals need so much
more. They have no toys, no room to play
even if they did have a toy.
In one of these pictures, it appears they euthanize the
animals on top of this rusted molded old freezer. I guess they throw them in the freezer once
done until they can dispose of them.
You cannot tell it is a freezer in the picture, but that is what it is.
Here is a picture of the freezer
If we are going to have a shelter in this county, we need
better personnel running the facility and a whole bunch of volunteers to help
out. There is way too much for one
little part time person to do by themselves.
We need to come together as a community and separate the dogs and the
cats and give all of them a better chance to be adopted out. Who wants to go to a shelter and adopt a
filthy starving animal? These animals
are living creatures and deserve so much more. I would not doubt that some of
these animals had it better before they were brought to our so called
Right now I understand
completely why the little kitten I adopted two weeks ago has issues with the
human race. I have yet to earn her trust
even though she is the most mild manner kitten any one could ask for. I just pray in time that she will forget the
horrific weeks she spent at our shelter and realize she has found Kitty Cat
Heaven at the Morrison residence.
Oh by the way….Where was Kelley during my visit? I was told she had gone to Eatonton. They did not know why. She did not take an animal and she was not
picking one up. She drove up in our
truck as I left about 1:30PM
I cried for these animals the rest of the day and night and
I am wiping tears while typing this out.
A Horrified Jasper County Taxpayer
Animal Control Committee Member
are so many other problems at our Animal Control Shelter, including a
director that is never there. No one supervises the staff or the
director. What are our commissioners thinking?