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Group claims Baldwin County Animal Shelter becoming "high kill" but shelter fires back

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BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

Some people in Baldwin County are worried about the direction Baldwin County Animal Control is taking the shelter. A petition with more than 2700 signatures is making its way through social media.

The concern? The author of the petition believes the shelter is soon to become a "high kill" shelter. Well, the shelter is firing back. It says the allegations are all lies.

The author says records show the number of euthanizations has grown over the past few month, however, the shelter disagrees and wants to set the record straight.

"The reason for the petition was an outcry from the public. From the citizens of Baldwin County," said Mac Mckleroy, the author who also worked with the shelter in the past.

He alleges the shelter is headed to becoming a "high kill" shelter claiming a lack of training, evaluation of animals, and transparency.

"It went from zero to almost 8 percent. I believe that the county commissioners need to see this. The support that's out there. The vote of no confidence that we have in the management there now and hear our side of things," he said.

However, Baldwin County Animal Shelter Director Gina Jones says none of this is true.

"Some of this stuff that is being put out there is not fair to us, it is not the truth, it is fabricated," she said. "We are not going to become anything except a good adoption place for people to go and adopt good animals."

According to the numbers listed on Baldwin County's website, 40 dogs were put down in November, only 5 in October of this year. McKleroy says the numbers are up, Jones says they're down but she says you can't just look at the numbers alone.

"These people have got to understand that whenever we get a call and there's a dog on the side of the road that's been hit by a car and we pick it up and its got a broke back, that animal counts against us as being euthanized," said Jones.

The group says it will continue collecting signatures until it gets the county's attention. Jones says the shelter will continue running in the best way possible to serve the interest of Baldwin County animals and residents.

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