Target: Bibb County Commissioner Joe Allen
Goal: Remove manager from position and end kill policy at local shelter
More than a dozen dogs and puppies were abruptly put to death at an animal shelter in Macon, Georgia after a quick phone call by the new interim manager at the Bibb County Animal Welfare Department. Following the resignation of the previous manager, interim manager Deborah Biggs implemented new policies which reduced capacity and increased adoption costs, essentially creating an environment where increased killing of adoptable animals became “necessary.” Bibb County must end these atrocious policies and remove Ms. Biggs from her position immediately.
The shelter in question had undergone a period of ten weeks without any kills before Ms. Biggs was given full reign over operations. In addition to increased adoption fees and lower capacity benchmarks, Biggs implemented an open admission policy. This enables anyone to leave their animal at the shelter, even if it is already over capacity. Before, owners were told to keep the animal and return home if such a situation occurred.
With capacity set at 55 and a steady stream of new animals showing up, populations of 70-90 become the norm. Thus, open admission ensures even more animals are murdered as capacity populations overflow more swiftly than even animal rescue outfits can accommodate.
To make matters worse, following an outcry over the 15 destroyed dogs, the shelter killed four more which were said to have mange and be overaggressive. No treatment was even considered in this situation for the animals with mange.
Sign this urgent petition to Bibb County’s Commissioner so that more killing of innocent dogs and cats is not allowed to continue.
Dear Commisioner Allen,
Local public outcry has been widespread and deafeningly vocal in response to the killing of 15 dogs at the Bibb County animal shelter. I am writing in solidarity with those locals to demand that the no-kill policy be reinstated, the interim manager be replaced, and the new polices be revoked.
Deborah Biggs, who oversaw and ordered the killings, did so under the seemingly sanctioned veil of her own policies. Reduced animal shelter capacity, increased adoption costs, and an open admission policy is an appallingly effective recipe for increased euthanasia practices. Four more dogs were killed recently without any effort made by the shelter to seek treatment for their mange.
Please make a concerted, swift effort to stop such unthinkable destruction of life. Replace Ms. Biggs immediately and implement policies which enable a no-kill shelter to again be the norm.
[Your Name Here]