Committee Recommends Troubled Animal Shelter Convert To No-Kill Status
STOCKTON (CBS13) — A city committee has recommended turning a troubled Stockton animal shelter where workers are accused of killing hundreds if not thousands of animals that weren’t supposed to die into a no-kill shelter.
Tammie Murrell, the interim manager at the shelter agrees that no dogs or cats that come in should die, but getting there will be a challenge.
“It’s going to take a lot of work, and frankly a lot of money to get there,” she said. “We’re up to the challenge.”
She says the shelter gets more than 11,000 animals a year with an annual budget of $1.6 million. The Sacramento County Animal shelter gets nearly the same number of animals, but its budget is $4.7 million.
Gina Knepp at the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento is very familiar with what Stockton’s shelter needs to do. She’s working on a no-kill policy at the shelter, where just three years ago 80 percent of its animals were euthanized.
“Engage your community open your doors invite people in,” she said.
It’s a policy to keep dogs and cats alive, and kill the controversy surrounding the shelter.