Wednesday, August 14, 2019

City Fails to Inform Public: Animal Shelter Intake/Adoptions Stopped due to Illness

Yesterday evening Concho Valley PAWS posted the shelter would be closed for animal intake/adoptions due to sick animals in the City Animal Shelter.  It made the announcement via Facebook.  Earlier that evening PAWS Executive Director Jenie Wilson went on local television promoting the upcoming Clear the Shelter adoption event on Friday, August 16th from 10:00am to 6:00 pm and shelter changes.

Concho Valley Homepage added an update to their story after the Clear the Shelter event was moved to allow treatment of ill shelter pets:

The City of San Angelo is yet to produce any information for the public on the illness situation at the Animal Shelter.  Just before 5 pm the City Calendar suggested the program was still on for Friday, August 16th.

I returned to the City's website to find a calendar update around 8:00 pm but no information on the shelter being closed to intake and adoptions due to illness.  This is important information for the public to know.

The City did update an August 6th Facebook post with a new graphic.  I don't know how many people would scroll through eight days of posts and notice the change.

PAWS ED Jenie Wilson was to do a live remote interview on KLST's 6:00 pm news program.  I'll watch late news this evening to hear what she said.

Bottom line, it's the city's animal shelter and there is little communication on shelter animal illnesses, stopping intake/adoptions and the now September 7th event, which begins at 10:00 on the updated graphic and 2:00 pm on the City Calendar.

Update 8-15-19:  The City put out a press release on the situation at the shelter.  The release said the decision was made today vs. two days ago per PAWS Facebook page.

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