Animals sitting in what some describe as filthy conditions at the Fulton County Animal Shelter could have to sit in it for a little longer.
Despite multiple complaints of bad management and cruelty to animals, the county commission voted to extend the current vendor's contract.
The vote was 5-2 in favor of the contract extension, but it comes with stipulations. The extension is month to month up to a six-month max.
The shelter has been under fire for everything from bad management to a rat infestation.
Robby Caban is a former volunteer who is fighting to get rid of the current vendor. "There are borderline criminal issues. Not only have the animals been subjected, but people have been subjected and that's all on our county dollar. As a taxpayer, it personally offends me," said Caban.
Two other vendors have stepped up to be possible options for the county, but the board didn't go with either.
"We do not know if they are suitable and capable of dealing with the tens of thousands of animals that are picked up here in our county," said Commission Chairman John Eaves.
"I think we need to be careful that we're not making poor decisions to replace services we're not happy with," said Commissioner Liz Hausmann.
But they said that doesn't mean they'll be taking the full six months. "It's a problem. We need to address it and we need to do it quick," said Hausmann.
Angry volunteers said the board is just dragging its feet.
"It has to do with our animals, our community and safety of the community, so to wait this long and not listen to constituency who has been reaching out for over a year is horrific," said Caban.
Moving forward, volunteers said the decision couldn't come soon enough. "I don't want the current vendor in there another second, let alone another day. I heard a county official say the employees are satisfied with the vendor and there is nothing that I'm aware of that could be farther from the truth," said Caban.
The commission said while they're looking for a new vendor, they will be keeping a close eye on the current one to make sure all issues are fixed.
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