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Lowndes County Animal Shelter Probed

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

"I've seen a lot of the animals come in the shelter and not got vet care and sometimes that comes in the form of euthanasia," says Susan Leavens, an animal control officer for Lowndes County.

This led several Lowndes County Animal Shelter employees to file a complaint with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

It launched an investigation citing the facility for not providing humane care.

And in routine inspections over the last year, several euthanasia violations were written-up.

"It did not matter how you euthanized or what numbers you used, it didn't matter if it was a 30lb dog and you used 6 cc's," says Leavens. "It need to be 60 pound dog."

The Department of Agriculture says the Lowndes County Animal Shelter failed to provide care to an emaciated bulldog picked up in September.

The report says its gums were white and it couldn't stand on its own.

Susan Leavens says she did her best to care for the dog, but it took two days for the director, Linda Patelski, to have the dog euthanized.

"Three or four times that day I'd spoken to her about that particular dog," says Leavens. "On each instance, she was doing something else. The dog was never seen by a vet that day."

Lowndes County Manager Joe Pritchard says, "I don't believe through our investigation, nor through any info we received from the Department of Ag, are able to indicate any malicious intent."

The Department of Agriculture has not fined the Lowndes County Animal Shelter.

Its last inspection was March 15. The shelter is now subject to an additional unannounced inspection.


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