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Phyllis P (237)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:24 am
Petersburg, VA—After allegations of animal mistreatment, poor living conditions and a lack of cooperation with animal rescue groups, a Petersburg councilman called for a full investigation of the Petersburg Animal Shelter. The investigation has finished, but volunteers say changes are still needed at the shelter.

Animal advocate and shelter volunteer Jill Narvay feels the animals at the shelter need more exposure to possible owners.

Sarvay and other volunteers held a silent protest at the shelter February 5. They said they want to see simple changes made, like pictures of all the animals in the shelter uploaded to major online pet adoptions sites, instead of only on the shelter's Facebook page.

Volunteers claimed the city of Petersburg doesn't work well with adoption groups to put animals into permanent homes. They also claimed that it is difficult for people to volunteer.

At the silent protest, Councilman W. Howard Myers announced that a task force had been formed to fix the root of any problem at the shelter.

Phyllis P (237)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:27 am
Again I can't circulate from work computer. Please share if you feel so inclined until I get home to circulate.

Karen Avery (118)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:30 am
So very sad. Thanks for posting! Lets hope they'll investigate some more. Well Done Jill Narvey!!!

Carlene D (239)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:30 am
Hello Phyllis I will share in my group thanks for posting

Christeen A (371)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:45 am
Kudos to each of them. Thank you.

deb s (145)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:51 am
so sad how does this go so unnoticed and not dealt with it takes the death of many to bring it into the lime light to take action and AI ask why why do animals have to die for it all to turn around we surely can find sanction for all animals if we place it as a high priority Now that we see how some shelters are and can be no care irresponsible we have the proof that we need to step up the monitoring and the conditions of shelters for the animals who depend on us for their welfare and protection

June M (139)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 2:27 pm
thanks Phyllis for posting

penny C (83)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:16 pm
Thanks Phylliss & Carlene for forwarding.

Agnes N (703)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:55 pm
thanks Phyllis

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 9:23 pm
Thanks Phyllis! So sad!!

Barb K (1688)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 9:51 pm
The thing that bothers me is those perfectly heathy dogs/puppies that were euthanized! I'm trying to be positive but I can't help heart breaks for those sweet, furbabies who've gone over to Rainbow Bridge.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 10:40 pm
Pet adoption with photos on Facebook can really help, and with a spay and neuter policy for each pet adoption the future will be brighter for the community. Let's hope the changes come very soon. Thanks Phyllis for posting.

Robert O (12)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:25 am
Thanks Phyllis.

Danuta W (1250)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:16 am

Veronique L (209)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:25 am
Noted thanks Phyllis

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:36 am
Noted , very sad .

Leslene Dunn (84)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:37 am
Noted - the more protests, the better for these poor animals - dear God, they deserve so much more from us.

PlsNoMessage s (588)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:08 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:16 am
It should be monitored

Tanya W (65)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:43 am
Sadly noted!

cecily w (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 5:08 am
Thanks for the post, Phyllis. Animal welfare and control shelters need a strong spay/neuter policy. Some politicians will think this is "fluff" and avoid the issue, others will (somewhat logically) state that the spay/neuter provisions must be incorporated in the animal control ordinance. Either way, it is the politicians' jobs to make sure animal control ordinances are in the 21st Century.

Putting the animals' bios and pix on Facebook and similar sites is a 21st Century development (roughly). Politicians and appointees are being paid by taxpayers (including these volunteers). Go get em!!!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 6:10 am
52% is a very high ratio. Very sad.

Spam flagged. Please join in!

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 6:21 am
sadly noted

Dawn M (142)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 6:56 am
Noted, Thanks!

Estelle S (5)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:13 am

Sandi C (98)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:52 am

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:59 pm
notato Phyllis !!!!! grazie per queste article !!!! very importante in for mazzione!!!!!

Natalie V (27)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:32 pm

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:15 pm

Dee C (229)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:37 pm
I certainly hope that Mr Myers will follow through on his task force with this..
Very sad..and so unavoidable..
I guess this is a big reason why I will not blindly support places that I have no way of knowing what they are truly like..

Here locally I know our shelter goes above and beyond to help any animal..

Thanks Phyllis..
Sadly noted..

Laure Kairawicz (5)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 6:09 pm
What is wrong with these people? These shelter people must hate animals then if they are not doing anything they can to get these dogs adopted. I understand how hard it is to run a shelter, I was a volunteer doing rescue at one time. but help is available as I saw comments from people willing to volunteer there. So, what is their problem?

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:09 am
I don't see how people can be so cruel. If you don't like animals & don't want to help them, then you shouldn't be working in an animal shelter!!

Jeannette A (137)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 11:41 am
This just proves that you need strong, caring leadership in any organization for it to run well. That is why we end up needing laws and regulations.... to protect the weak and innocent from uncaring, indifferent and, sometimes, downright vicious people.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 5:27 pm
Thanks Phyllis for posting! Those working or volunteering in animal shelters must love animals so that no mistreatment goes on. I will forward to other.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 5:53 pm
Hoping and wishing for a lucky and successful hand to those task force people! Let's wait for further good news reports on this. We cannot make unhappen what was practice in the past. Thx Phyllis and Henriette.

Katka Oelmann (279)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 12:21 am
So very sad. TY Phyllis & Henriette

Joy W (103)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 1:38 am
Sadly noted. Thanks Henriette for the forward.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 7:17 am

Ruth C (87)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 8:26 am
Why do animals always have to pay for the faults of people!??

. (0)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 10:57 am
Thanks Phyllis. Beyond sad and without photos it limits chances of an animal being adopted and then when they are not in many cases, they are euthanized .I hope this investigation continues

. (0)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 10:58 am
trying to note....grrrrrrrrr

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 11:04 am

This amount of coverage will cause things to change.

Mandi T (367)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 4:41 pm
:-)) Tks fot posting , Kit is right lots of coverage can can change.

Beth M (138)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 5:12 pm
Glad to see that there is now an investigation going on!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:06 pm
We are all in agreement that killing innocent puppies and dogs, 'fur babies' as we lovingly refer to them is horrendous. Personally I do want to see US go after them! So if anyone drafts a petition(s) at any time, as always I will sign everyone and or/email letters.
Posting to Twitter to expose !!!!!!!!!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:12 pm
I forgot to mention after re=reading this article the we hope the following statement/action is true and will be actively followed up on. Anyone who can go to this shelter just to see if in fact there have been substantial improvements certainly would get my vote!

" At the silent protest, Councilman W. Howard Myers announced that a task force had been formed to fix the root of any problem at the shelter"

Thank you Phyllis :-)

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:16 pm
God bless the caring people who take the time and effort to act on behalf of these helpless animals! Noted with sadness, Phyllis. Thanks for sharing this story.

Sara P (54)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 7:20 am
Noted and shared. Thanks Phyllis.

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 1:13 pm
Noted Thanks Phyllis! So sad!!

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:28 am
Noted. Thanks Phyllis. Each shelter seems to operate independently and there are good ones and bad ones. The good ones link up with as many rescue organizations as possible and try to limit euthanasia as much as they can. This is very sad.
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