Residents share concerns about local animal shelter - WNEM TV 5

Residents share concerns about local animal shelter

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Residents had their voices heard as they pushed for changes at a local animal shelter.

It was a long meeting for the Genesee County Board of Commissioners as residents shared their concerns.

They love animals and they spoke out loudly Thursday making their case to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.  This week volunteers were barred from participating in the care of animals at the county shelter.

The volunteer program at the shelter was suspended Tuesday. It all stems from what officials classify as an online threat against shelter employees. These volunteers insist the threat didn't come from them.

"If there was a bomb threat or a death threat or any kind of threat, there's not a single person in this room who would condone that against anyone at that facility, in this room, against anyone else," Richard Angelo said.

After all the public comments the board of commissioners made a motion to reinstate the volunteer program as it was, starting Friday.

Commission chairperson Jamie Curtis said they take these threats seriously, not only for their employees, but for the volunteers and anyone coming to the shelter.

"Make no mistake about it. Whoever are making these threats will be prosecuted to the highest degree of the law. It's not going to be stood for," Curtis said.

Volunteers said they're happy with the result and looking forward to being back with their furry friends. They said they won't hesitate to speak up loudly if conditions deteriorate for the pet population at the shelter .

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