Odessa Releases Statement After Animal Rescue Groups Speak Out About Shelter 10/10/13
CBS 7 News
October 10, 2013
ODESSA-Animal rescue groups in Odessa have taken to social media with allegations regarding the Odessa Animal Control Shelter.
CBS 7 spoke first today with members of the group, including "Speaking Up For Those Who Can't" Volunteer Cara Steadham.
Steadham said their rescue groups work with the shelter on a regular basis and a number of dogs where euthanized this week, despite being identified for rescue. Now the City of Odessa is responding in a press release.
"There were 5 dogs euthanized when there was not supposed to be a list and they had a place to go but they were still killed," Steadham said.
The release states in part, "Activists against Odessa's Animal Control Shelter have posted erroneous information about the shelter through social media networking sites and email."
"The false statements include claims that the shelter is dirty and animals are euthanized before given a chance to be adopted. The state’s veterinary office has passed the Odessa Animal Control Shelter in all inspections and has provided positive feedback regarding the cleanliness of the facility."
The release further states, "Odessa Animal Control strives to adopt out all animals brought into the shelter, however because of state law the shelter cannot adopt out sick animals. If possible, a sick animal will be cared for and treated until becoming adoptable."