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Curious Citizen

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Hey tax payers, is anyone else curious about what on Earth is going on at the Mcdonough County Animal Shelter? This is one local that definitely is! I am now taking all comments, concerns, pics, etc. in an effort to compile only FACTS and/or personal experiences. I already have several on board that would like to start a Facebook group to support the Begin Restoration of our animal shelter to it's previous glory (volunteers, fosters, rescue groups and all!)process. Please email anything you would like to share to me at CuriosityKiltDaCat@excite.com I will honor any requests for anonymity as I understand this is a 'sensitive' situation, and I thank you for your input. Please spread the word so that together as animal lovers and citizens we can make a difference. Comments and topics are also welcomed here as well!
Real McDonough County Res

Macomb, IL

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Jun 8, 2012
 
You are from Roseville and last time I checked that is in Warren County. Why are you so interested in it?
Curious Citizen

Macomb, IL

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Jun 8, 2012
 

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I simply posted from the Roseville area at that point in time. Besides that, showing concern for animal welfare has no boundaries.
Animal shelter volunteer

Macomb, IL

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Jun 10, 2012
 
Do you donate or volunteer at the shelter??????????

probably not.
Curious Citizen

Macomb, IL

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Jun 10, 2012
 

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Absolutely do and have for years! I have always been a big supporter of our local shelter and am now simply speaking on behalf of a many people (including myself) that have been verbalizing concerns about what is going on at the shelter for sometime now, this includes current volunteers! I applaud the volunteers for all of their hard work for these animals, without them, the shelter would not be where it is and many of the animals there would be much worse off than what they are.
Animal Lover

Lemont, IL

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Jun 10, 2012
 

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Alot of changes have happened at the.shelter since last August when the new Animal Control Officer started. I have personally seen some horrible things happening there and would like to know if anyone else has? For instance, they forgot or didnt know to add water to the chemicals they use to clean the cages... This caused to dogs paws to be severly burned and bloody and as a result a few wonderful dogs were put to sleep. I dont think any of the innocent cats or dogs deserve to be treated like this! If it were not for a few great volunteers at the shelter I truely believe that the animals would all be sick and most likely die from the neglect!!
Always Adopt-Never Shop

Macomb, IL

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Jun 13, 2012
 

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I used to go to the shelter weekly, I don't anymore. Mulitple reasons: I now have another dog and have reached my limit (would want to adopt more if I kept going),the paid employees were not friendly to me and seemed annoyed that I was there (I speak of the current employee and the last male employee-I won't name names) and the cleaniness was getting worse and worse. Breaks my heart. BUT I must say, those paid employees of the past were great. And they were asked to do much more than the current employees are now. It's a hard job, I get it, and it probably doesn't pay well, but to do that job (of which I don't have the heart to do) you have to be business-like and have a personality to draw people in. If you come across as not liking people, you come across as not liking animals and then you're in the wrong job. The County needs to step in and redo the facility and the staff.
Curious Citizen

Colchester, IL

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Jun 14, 2012
 

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I agree, with both Animal Lover and Always adopt. From what I have seen and heard, conditions are just not good right now. Thank goodness for those that are still there and able to volunteer. From what I have seen, cleanliness is an enormous issue at this time. Both in the cages and the animals themselves. I am not sure what the process is for issuing medications once an animal has been to the vet, but to me, it doesn't appear that this process is being followed through on. It was an absolute tragedy to have lost the group of volunteers that were there previously, because as an outsider looking in, it appeared as though great things were happening at the shelter. Now all I hear is complaints of neglect, the infamous 'food shortage', and complaints over and over that no one is there when someone comes to adopt. The shelter seems to be closed at all times, even when someone is there! This is a tragedy for all involved, especially when the lives of animals are at stake. I would be interested to find out what the numbers are, because it seems to be, we have had more animals put down since the loss of volunteers, and what ever happened to all of the rescues the dogs were being sent out to? Tragic.
animals12

Macomb, IL

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Jun 14, 2012
 

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Unfortunately it has been years since I have been to the local shelter. Our current dog came from there and he has been a great joy to us. It saddens me to hear/think that bad things/ppl are happening now. I for one am going to look into this matter. I have 8yrs experience with animals as well as exotics. I hope that this problem turns around.
Curious Citizen

Macomb, IL

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Jun 14, 2012
 
Animals 12, this is so good to hear. I know there are alot of people out there willing to support the cause and fight for what is right for these animals, they are just afraid to speak up. The more support this cause receives, and the more public awareness there is, the more likely change could occur!
Always Adopt-Never Shop

Macomb, IL

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Jun 15, 2012
 

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My opinion is just that, you can disagree with me if you want. I have personally seen animals out there looking terrible. I was visiting one dog and mentioned to the employee there that the dog had a large tick on him. The employee did nothing. I was also there once and everydog was soaking wet. When I asked why, I was told they had just hosed down all the kennels, what with the dogs in there too?! How would you like to be contained to a small area and have a hose shot at you!? If you don't think the shelter needs to be re-worked I guess that's your opinion. I posted on here because I read a post on Macomb.com asking for people to offer their thoughts about the shelter. My thoughts about it...It needs HELP.
I HAVE GONE TO THE DOGS

Macomb, IL

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Jun 15, 2012
 

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I can say that there have been many changes at the shelter in the last 11 months ... some good, some bad. There are still a few volunteers who work extremely hard to provide the animals a clean environment and that the dogs get at least walked once a day. The shelter is holding dogs longer which means not as many go to rescues. The county is currently looking into adding a 3rd part-time person to assist. And I know that the Humane Society has asked the County if the two entities could work together. With the County being responsible for animal control and the Humane Society responsible for the animal welfare. The County is currently looking into how Fulton County operates it's shelter.
I am hopeful that the County will agree. If that does happen, I hope everyone on this formum would be willing to come out and donate their time to assist the Humane Society.
Ex-ACO

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Jun 16, 2012
 

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When I was ACO we were making progress and not as many animals were being put down. Alot were going to rescues. I have not set foot in there since I left because of the way I was treated when I left. I know thats not the animals fault, but its a very emotional and stressful job, but, I was always friendly to potential adopters and I even would use my own gas/time and meet rescues so animals weren't being put down. I don't know the current ACO but when he first started I heard good things about him. I will have to stop by the next time Im in the area to see how things are.
As far as the dogs being wet. do you know how long it takes to clean, especially by yourself? You
have 2 hours to clean the dogs and cats before the shelter is open to the public...
have facts before u post

Gridley, IL

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Jun 16, 2012
 
The comment about multiple dogs being put to sleep because of chemical burns is false. One dog had to be put to sleep and he had a foot problem. It was likely a preexisting condition. The dog was treated and did not respond well. His behavior was an issue which made placing him in a foster home for better treatment an issue. That is why he was put to sleep ..
Not because of chemburns burns.
Ripped Off

Macomb, IL

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Jun 18, 2012
 

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I went to the shelter to adopt an older cat. Two were available. The one I chose was lovely, quiet and dignified. He cost me $100 to take out the door with no guarantee of anything. The cat tested positive for both feline aids and leukemia so the poor kitty was put down. The test cost over $30. The other cat was obviously diseased but the employee and ACO were both unmoved by my plea for the return of the $100 - I could just wait until another adult cat came available. I even went as far as an office in the Courthouse with my plea with the same response. Few people have the expendable income to go to the Animal Shelter and spend $130 to come away with no pet. I have lost no opportunity to tell this story because of the underlying lack of ethics. I finally went to the Milan no-kill shelter for a healthy older cat with excellent medical records. I wouldn't think of going back to the local shelter for a pet nor would I recommend the local shelter to anyone.
Always Adopt-Never Shop

Macomb, IL

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Jun 18, 2012
 
Ex-ACO wrote:
When I was ACO we were making progress and not as many animals were being put down. Alot were going to rescues. I have not set foot in there since I left because of the way I was treated when I left. I know thats not the animals fault, but its a very emotional and stressful job, but, I was always friendly to potential adopters and I even would use my own gas/time and meet rescues so animals weren't being put down. I don't know the current ACO but when he first started I heard good things about him. I will have to stop by the next time Im in the area to see how things are.
As far as the dogs being wet. do you know how long it takes to clean, especially by yourself? You
have 2 hours to clean the dogs and cats before the shelter is open to the public...
I was there during the noon hour. I admit, the employee there did not say they sprayed the kennels with the dogs in them, but it sure looked like it, judging from how wet all the dogs were. Is it common practice to do that? I don't know. But it would break my heart it see that happening. And if you're one of the Ex-ACO, you are one who I have high praise for. I don't remember seeing the dogs at the noon hour looking like that before you left. I just wanted to clarify my post, I speak of what I saw first hand. I also don't want to blame only the staff for the way the shelter is being ran, blame needs to fall on the County first and foremost.
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Jun 18, 2012
 
When I was there the dogs that had the doors on their runs to go outside, I would put them out there while I cleaned their pen. The others I would go in with them or move them to another pen, if one was available. I learned that if you go in the pen to spray it then the dogs didn't get as wet and you got the pen cleaner :) I did the best I could to clean and care for them like they were my own animals. Thanks for the high praise. I miss working with the animals, but like I said I was not treated nicely when I left. I was "forced" to leave by the county.
Iluvmylab

Good Hope, IL

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Jun 20, 2012
 
We got one of the best dogs we ever had at the McDonough County shelter about 15 years ago. We lost her this winter of old age. When we got her, she had heart worms, and intestinal parsites. It cost quite a bit at the vet, but it is the chance you take with a shelter dog. However, when we went back this past fall the staff seemed bothered we were there. They had just opened. I don't know if they were employees or volunteers. We went back a couple of time and it was not open even though it was suppose to be. I would be curious to know what the problem is with the shelter and who is in charge of making changes.
Animal Lover

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have facts before u post wrote:
The comment about multiple dogs being put to sleep because of chemical burns is false. One dog had to be put to sleep and he had a foot problem. It was likely a preexisting condition. The dog was treated and did not respond well. His behavior was an issue which made placing him in a foster home for better treatment an issue. That is why he was put to sleep ..
Not because of chemburns burns.
Multiple dogs were burned but Cheech had it the worst. I know he did not come in with a preexcisting foot problem because I know where he came from and he also come in with Chloe. His burns were so bad the ACO took him to the Vet to be put to sleep. Dr. Blakely refused to euthanise him because it was her fault he was in pain like that. She then gave him medicine and told the ACO to put blankets in his kennel so he could heal. After that, she was moving him with a bite stick (not sure why she didnt just use a leash?)and pulled to hard or he pulled and he ended up with an inury to his spine and untimately had to be put to sleep....
Animal Lover

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I want to thank everyone for their opionions whether good or bad! I also hope the Humane Society will be able to work with the Animal Control Officer's like many surrounding shelters do. I know the Humane Society has already applied to be an actual "Animal Shelter" rather than just an "Animal Control facility" so they will start allowing volunteers to foster animals from the shelter (if approved)!

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