Overburdened Shelter

Neglect and abuse by animal owners have combined to bring residents of one community together for a common purpose. Bainbridge Animal Shelter volunteers and concerned residents say it's time for conditions to change.

For years, the Bainbridge Animal Shelter has taken in hungry, homeless and sometimes injured strays.

Barbara Law represents a group of concerned community members who say neglect and abuse by animal owners has overburdened shelter volunteers.

"We get a lot of them that come out of here with broken legs out of the animal shelter and we don't know if the county's picking them up like that or what,” says Barbara.

City manager Chris Hobby, acting on behalf of the shelter, had this to say.

"Our local group was concerned about the amount of animals we were holding and the amount of time we were holding them for and they came to us with those concerns and we've been working with them."

Barbara Law acknowledges she and her group has seen plenty of positive changes made to the shelter in the last few months alone, but they say when animals are involved, there's always room for improvement and now they and the shelter are crying out to the public for help.

"The adoption and foster programs need to be beefed up, they need to be able to get out in the community, they need to get these animals adopted and fostered."

More volunteers and extended hours are the first steps to recovery. Now, it's up to the community to do its part

Bainbridge city employees tell us construction of a new, larger shelter is in the works and the old building will become an adoption center.