Tuesday, August 12 2014, 10:00 PM EDT
Local Animal Shelter Promises Changes After Wrong Dog Put Down
At the Whitfield County Animal Shelter, animals have 10 work days before they are put to sleep.
"We refer to it as a shelter but there's very few animals that leave alive," said Chairman Mike Babb.
Most dogs are picked up from distress calls, and drop-offs.
It has been one month since the wrong dog was killed on accident.
A 3-year-old Boxer was taken to the shelter after biting a little girl on the leg.
Since the dog did not have its rabies shot, the shelter held him for 10 days.
Two days before his time was up, he was killed.
"Other people need to know, if your dog is there you need to call everyday," said Elaine Smith, the owner of the dog, a few days after the accident happened.
But, if the dog had been up to date on his vaccinations, the owner would have been able to keep him.
"We need to focus on people better caring for their animals," said Babb. "Have their rabies shots."
There are two full time workers on staff, and the rest are volunteer. Both were given time off without pay.
And now, every effort will be made to call an owner before a dog is put to sleep. Before, it was up to owners to call within the 10-day window.
They are also focusing on organizing a team of volunteers.
"More volunteers involved, and make sure an animal goes through its due process under written policies and procedures," Babb said.