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23, 2009 1:23 PM by ANONYMOUS
are woefully uninformed and flat out spiteful. Before you go on
a witch hunt maybe you should do research that is based in fact,
not on the say-so of volunteers who are not there on a day-to-day
Furthermore, you are criticizing individuals for a shelter location
that they have no control over. Can you control the physical building
location of your job if you don't own that business? No.
You're encouraging the public to take action. Well, I agree. The
public should be taking care of the dogs they own instead of letting
them run wild all over Macon. They should be spaying and neutering
their animals so they are not left with an abundance of animals
they can't take care of.
If the public is so worried, why don't they host fundraisers to
help finance the upgrades and relocation of the shelter? These
are some suggestions of what you can do with all that energy you
so apparently have, instead of sullying the names of good people
in our community.
SHELTER REFORM RESPONDS:
We criticized no individuals for the shelter location, but rather
the civic mentality that led to its construction inside the landfill.
We agree with the need to spay and neuter pets, as our flyer and
website make abundantly clear. Macon rescue groups have
sponsored fundraisers to finance the upgrades, only to find the
goalposts being moved by the shelter management after raising those
funds. If you're saying that the events witnessed are exceptions
and not the rule, why do we have reports extending back 23 years,
to 1986? If a behavior is repeated hundreds of times, that makes
it a pattern. Why do some of those witnesses remain anonymous? Maybe
for the same reason you went out of your way to cloak your email
address to hide your identity. Yet we published your letter anyway.
And, for the record, the one Animal Control Officer we dealt with
directly, Nathan Millwood, bent over backwards to accommodate us
at the Macon Shelter (as we've reported here) and showed exceptional
compassion for the animals under his care. It is our personal impression
that he wished the gas chamber were no longer operating.
We don't intend to sully the name of any
good people in Macon, and good people have nothing to fear from
Shelter Reform. But the city will have to bear the responsibility
for sullying its own reputation in regard to its taxpayer-funded
you assert that we're woefully uninformed, you provide no evidence
or proof against the materials we've marshalled. You've simply pooh-poohed
it. Assertion is not proof. With an internal affairs investigation
now in progress* concerning the Shelter's operation, the truth should
come out. If there is substance to the issues raised, the investigation
will, we hope, bring it forward. A sullied reputation might then
be the least of a person's worries.
you sent your email to our Shelter Ratings email address rather
than reaching us through our Contact page, it's not clear to us
that you studied our site very carefully. But we thank you for visiting
here and writing us, because all letters are welcome ... even from
anonymous critics. And you HAVE put your finger on the core problem
correctly: irresponsible pet ownership. On that point, we are in
response was written and posted in March 2009, and one year later,
March 2010, that Internal Affairs Investigation into animal abuse/neglect
through early 2009 at Macon Animal Shelter is still ongoing. Shelter
Reform kept a low profile during the Investigation to provide the
best possible environment for objective inquiry into the charges,
rather than ratcheting up negative PR inappropriately. Shelter Reform
simply desires justice and isn't trying to create a reputation for
muckraking. The fact that Shelter Reform could legally have reported
details about the Investigation but refused to do so is proof we
are operating in good faith when it comes to the Macon Animal Shelter,
whether or not the Shelter acknowledges this fact.
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