Bradley County SPCA Board Addresses Allegations Of Unanswered Calls

Monday, October 20, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

During a Monday afternoon Bradley County Commission meeting, a representative from the sheriff's department said that there were 266 emergency calls unanswered by the SPCA regarding animals.

Later Monday evening, the SPCA Board addressed the allegations.

SPCA Board President Ed Elkins said, "No one from the SPCA Board had heard about this."

President Elkins also pointed out that all of these allegedly missed calls dated back to July, well before the formation of the current board.

County Commissioner Dan Rawls, also a board member, said, "That is something that should have been addressed to this board...It had nothing to do with the county commission."

He also said, "They were not even all 911 calls...That was a setup...I don't have anything good to say about that whole situation."

Commissioner Rawls said he acknowledges there were problems, but noted many of those problems were created by people no longer involved in the situation.

President Elkins said much of the trouble was created by infighting between various groups concerned about the shelter.

During the meeting, President Elkins also told the board that people have been "driving from all over to adopt the animals." He said one woman even drove all of the way from Wisconsin to adopt an animal she saw on the Bradley County SPCA's Facebook page.

Interim Manager of Operations Kristin Harvey told the board other animals had been transferred to shelters in northern states because those shelters typically have many more open spaces due to stricter laws.

Ms. Harvey said, "These shelters are always commenting on how well taken care of our animals are."

As for local adoptions, she also said Petsmart also commented on how "well-behaved" animals from the Bradley County SPCA have been.

She said recently, out of five cats sent to Petsmart, three were adopted within hours.

Ms. Harvey said, "It makes a difference not to treat them like they're just animals in a cage. They're going to be somebody's pet."

Giving an update, she said the shelter currently had 64 dogs and 44 cats.

 



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