More than 2,500 people have signed an online petition and another 1,000 have submitted written petitions, calling for DeKalb County to improve its animal control services and facility.
The group called for funding to be restored to the department’s budget, which is set at $2.7 million for 2012 and includes funding for eight field officers. Several also want to shut down the county’s animal shelter, saying it is outdated and unsanitary.
The County Commission approved funding for another six animal control officers but is holding the money in reserve until a task force looking into the department issues its report.
The DeKalb Animal Services Task Force is expected to issue its report later this spring and will address both staffing and facility problems. The report is expected also to be the basis for a move to outsourcing shelter services.
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