Month: August 2014
Changes for Animal Control of Allegany County are underway after the death of 9 dogs on McGill Dr. in BelAair. Becky McClarran, President of the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation, informed yesterday (8/21/14) the County Commissioners and the public about the immediate changes that already have taken place and changes that are still pending and being worked on to guarantee a better follow up on calls and reports from the public:
- dedicated phone line with separate phone number for Animal Control
- administrative assistant for Animal Control to answer phone calls and dispatch Animal Control
- daily management review of Animal Control phone log to make sure all issues have been addressed the same day.
- Introduction of a new mapping system as it is used by Emergency Services to keep better track of complaints.
This are the immediate steps that have been taken by the Allegany County Animal Shelter to serve the public better and faster. Further changes are pending due to on-going review of Animal Control operations.
Also see previous Blog
Dear Community of Allegany County,
the community of Allegany County always played a important role in the change and the success of the Allegany County Animal Shelter. I can not say enough how much I thank the community for all the support we received over the last 3 ½ years.
The events from last week at the McGill Drive have affected me personally. I have worked very hard over the last 3 ½ years to bring the shelter out of the dark. My sweat, my blood, my tears and my heart is in that shelter, every day and every night, every week, every month and every year. There is no excuse for my and our failure. We failed to respond to the calls and safe the dogs. It is a tragedy that I take very personal. I’m embarrassed and devastated, I’m sad and I’m angry all at the same time that I let the community down and that the 9 dogs are dead. I have carried the bags with the dead dogs out of the house. It was my darkest most terrible hour in the last 3 ½ years. I wish I could turn back time and undo what happened but I can’t. It just is not possible.
I apologize to you, the community of Allegany County, for my failure. I’m sorry that I let this happen. I’m sorry that I failed the 9 dogs and I’m sorry that I failed you, the community who always supported me over the last 3 ½ years. I fully understand if you are angry at me. I would feel the same way.
From here on out, I have to work even harder and become even better so that this will never happen again. I can not allow that this will ever happen again.
I’m so sorry that I failed you.
The story as it was reported in the Cumberland Times News:
My Interview on Animal Wise Radio: