Cobb County Animal Control Is Starving Dogs

This is Kimi.  Her name was Maggie until my wife Joanne and I rescued her yesterday (on September 25, 2011) from Cobb County Animal Control (aka Auschwitz For Dogs).  She is nearly dead from starvation.

This is how Maggie (now Kimi) looked at Cobb County Animal Control on August 14, 2011 – just 6 weeks ago.

See the difference?

That’s called animal abuse, and it’s being funded by the taxpayers of Cobb County.

And it’s common at Cobb County Animal Control.

There are other dogs at Cobb County Animal Control which are suffering animal abuse, but you’ll probably never see them.  Why?  Because Cobb County Animal Control will kill them to hide the evidence.  They’ve done that before, and they’ll likely do it to the dogs still in their possession.  No evidence, no problem – right?  Trust me, they’ll get away with it.

So what are you going to do about it?

Unless you speak for the animals who have no voice of their own, they will suffer, and they will die.  Kimi was one of the lucky ones.  She made it out of Auschwitz alive; most others in her condition don’t, because they’re not easy to adopt out.  They just sit and suffer until they’re killed – because they look like this picture from this morning (September 26, 2011).

I urge you to write to Cobb County’s Commissioners, and say something like:

Cobb County Animal Control is abusing animals in it’s care.  Please read this blog post, which documents the starvation suffered by one dog named Kimi (aka Maggie) who was rescued from Cobb County Animal Control.  Volunteers and other rescuers have also told us about many other dogs who come into the Cobb County Animal Control shelter at normal weight but who end up emaciated and starved under the cruel treatment of Cobb County Animal Control:

http://chrisbenson.com/cobb-county-animal-control-is-starving-dogs

Look at the BEFORE and AFTER pictures of what happened to her during her 6 week stay in your “shelter”.

Please fire Animal Control Director Jeff Patellis and his entire leadership team.  Replace them with people who are committed to caring for and saving the lives of animals – people who will never let this happen again.

Please give me your personal guarantee that no emaciated animals will be killed.  Destroying evidence is illegal and will not be tolerated.

Please assure me that you will make sure that whoever implemented and carried out the policies that caused this horrendous suffering will be charged with animal cruelty.

This is happening on your watch, and as a leader, you are failing to do the right thing.  What are you going to do about it?

Here is contact information for every member of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners:

Tim Lee
Commission Chairman
tlee@cobbcounty.org
(770) 528-3300

Helen Goreham
District 1 Commissioner
hgoreham@cobbcounty.org
(770) 528-3313

Bob Ott
District 2 Commissioner
bob.ott@cobbcounty.org
(770) 528-3316

JoAnn Birrell
District 3 Commissioner
joann.birrell@cobbcounty.org
(770) 528-3317

Woody Thompson
Vice Chairman
District 4 Commissioner
woody.thompson@cobbcounty.org
(770) 528-3312

Offices and shared fax:

100 Cherokee Street
Marietta, Georgia 30090-9679
fax: (770) 528-2606

Also, join the discussions on Facebook about the abuse Kimi (aka Maggie) received while in the “care” of Cobb County Animal Control:

http://www.facebook.com/christopherbenson/posts/128387493928631

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150293820882396&set=a.392385597395.180874.514617395

Please cross-post and share with animal lovers everywhere.

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55 Responses to Cobb County Animal Control Is Starving Dogs

  1. Lulululu says:

    The vast majority of society has NO idea what goes on in animal control facilities, shelters, and food animal farms, and doesn’t want to know. As evidenced by this conversation.

    For those who bristle at the comparison to Auschwitz, how well do you truly know the details of Holocaust camps? How well do you truly know the details of animal control/shelters/breeders? Of the food animal industry? Very little of each, I’d wager, or you’d understand the comparison. Very little, or your sense of offense would not be of semantics, but what we allow/overlook/do in this country (all while sneering our superiority to everyone else).

    We (you and I), legislate treatment of animals that is worse than humans were treated in most of the Nazi camps and that is simple fact. I’ve read dozens (possibly hundreds) of books on the Holocauset, visited Holocaust museums in Washington DC and Paris, and was told by my grandfather, who ran a DP ( displaced persons) camp for UNNRA after WW2. I know about how animals are treated from years of volunteering in a shelter; specializing in neglected and abused animals (including survivors from food farms).

    There were an estimated 15,000 Nazi camps, and most people lump them all together and call them Aushwitz. Even lumping the 28 or so camps that made up Aushwitz together is inaccurate, or even any one camp for its entire history. Aushwitz has come to represent all that is evil in the world, but it’s far from the only qualifier.

    Some facilities – especially commercial farms, but also animal control, shelters and more than qualify. Unfortunately, this is true even when the people who work with the animals have good intentions. What they are nearly identical to is the DP ( displaced persons) camps that the UN set up after the war. The camps may have been run by the Allies, but the conditions weren’t greatly improved from many of the cmps when run by Nazi’s. They were over crowded with homeless, familyless, and even countryless people who were traumatized, ill, sometimes mentally ill, riddled with parasites from drinking out of puddles and dirty dishes. People who’d had little to no medical care for years, and now recieved only rudimentary health care. Food nd other supplies were extremely meager. They had no privacy – no down time, and no mental health care, though the conditions required it. They were not allowed to leave until someone claimed them. Some had lost their minds to the conditions fate had placed them in, and spent the rest of their days paranoid and irrational. This is *identical* to conditions in shelters. Right down to being pressured to hide their hunger, diseaase, madness and other distress, in order to appear appealing and win their release. But DP camps had activities, some opportunities for education, and no threat of being killed if they didn’t measure up. Animals don’t get those things. And some of them get no better than the very worst of the worst Holocaust camps.

    Why were DP camps so bad? Because society all over the world viewed it as someone else’s problem. The US was the most able to help but one of the least willing to. Everything fell to the International Red Cross and UNRRA, but both organizations were new, inexperienced and underfunded, because funding depended on the kindness of society, and society just isn’t all that kind.

    It’s inportant to realise your parents and grandparents didn’t cringe at the sound of Aushwitz. In fact, they responded to reports of atrocities that came out of Europe with the same disinterested denial we’re reading here from people who don’t want to know about neglect and abuse in shelters.

    If this FACT offends you, then stop saying it isn’t true, and roll up your sleeves or open your wallets and make it not so. You may have adopted from this shelter and had a good experience, but that doesn’t mean much, because sometimes shelters have more funding and more volunteers or more caring employees than other times.

  2. Chris says:

    I am a passionate student of history, and have read extensively about the Holocaust, but fail to understand your assertion that “the Holocaust is on a whole different level of horror”. I agree 100% that everything about the Holocaust was entirely horrible in every way. Sadly, many of those same practices are used every day in American animal shelters:

    • Killing by gas chamber
    • Killing by drug injection
    • Killing by puncturing the heart directly through the chest
    • Killing by trauma
    • Killing by starvation
    • Killing by refusing to treat disease
    • Killing by other forms of neglect

    So other than the fact that in the Holocaust, the victims were human rather than companion animals, I fail to discern your distinction.

  3. Travis says:

    How dare you compare an animal shelter to Auschwitz. While this is terribly sad, the Holocaust is on a whole different level of horror.

  4. Amanda K says:

    I think it’s hilariously sad that you folks feel the need to target an animal shelter that rescues our animals and make a bunch of extremely broad, baseless assumptions based on the photos of one animal. You cannot assume that it’s abuse because a stressed out animal loses weight in a facility that it must be kept in, full of other animals it very likely was afraid of. Why don’t you ASK them why the dog was losing weight from the people who work there, instead of raging like brainless idiots over something you are assuming off of one enraged person who very clearly stated that all she has is photographs from one month to the next, and didn’t bother to do the research and ASK the source themselves?

    So sad. I’ve been spending weeks looking for pets and CCAC was one place I went. They treated the animals with respect, had them on strict schedules to feed them, give them rest and quiet, fresh air, everything. They DID feed the animals based on their charts. Many of the animals had been there for months though (the one I’d been looking at had been there 6 months) so obviously they don’t euthanize after a few weeks- and them being forced to euthanize at all isn’t their faults, it’s the idiots who decide to bring a pet into a home and forget about them.

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  8. I WAS APPALLED WHEN I READ THIS ARTICLE! THE COMMENTS WERE MADE IN SEPTEMBER, AND I WONDER IF THE ABUSE IS STILL GOING ON? IF SO I THINK WE NEED TO CONTACT ANYONE WE CAN THINK OF TO MAKE THIS STOP IMMEDIATELY!

  9. Meg says:

    As far as I know,CCAC does not treat the dogs for tapeworm, because many dogs from there seem to have them, at least the ones I’ve pulled for rescue. Worms cause diarrhea which can cause the workers to withhold food hoping the dog gets better, or in order to avoid having to clean up.The vet does spay and neuter, but treating worms should also be done, which would help the dog keep the weight on, and there won’t be a reason to withhold food.(witholding food doesn’t rid worms-I’m just stating what I’ve heard).

  10. rae says:

    All of your opinions mean zip- same for your observations. Get an employee off to one side and you’ll hear the truth. But they won’t publish it because they know they’ll be reprimanded, lose pay or be fired. It’s already happened. It’s a big coverup at CCAC- believe it. A good show for the public. They are killing dogs whenever it suits them- two JR’s just killed that had rescue. It happens all the time. If that vet is ethical she knows what’s happening and should be telling the truth.
    Get rid of DB and JP and SW. Cruel people.

  11. Sue says:

    I have also visited this shelter many times, and I am always struck by how well the animals are kept. It is well-lit, extremely clean, and the animals are in excellent condition, given their circumstances. It is one of the few shelters that has a full-time vet on staff. And best of all, they don’t keep a “death row” the way some county shelters do. A dog has a fighting chance there, unlike other places. The Cobb shelter has kept dogs as long as six months or more in hopes they would find loving homes. I’ve seen dogs that were too stressed to eat, but I’ve never seen the adults who work there mistreating any animal. On the contrary, if you’ve ever met the Captain, then you know any report of such would be handled swiftly and severely. So, please stop sullying he name of the Cobb Animal Shelter. They are trying their best to fill the gap that the COMMUNITY of Cobb County has created. Spay and neuter your pets … yes, neuter your pets (those are your dog’s testicles, not yours) … and don’t buy while homeless pets die.

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  14. Joanne Hiley says:

    Fact: Animals do NOT starve themselves to death, any ‘vet’ that says this should be fired on the spot!
    Fact: Kimi did NOT have worms or any other physical ailments which could have contributed to her drastic weight loss (I have the vet paperwork to prove this – a PROPER vet)
    Fact: Not all the cages have feeding instructions on them – I have photographic and video evidence of such that I took only yesterday (Sept 28th)
    Fact: There are other emaciated dogs in there that DO wish to eat – I have video evidence of them devouring treats that I gave them when I visited yesterday. I am not going to tell you which dog/s on this post for fear that CCAC will hide them, in lock down (as they have done with the other emaciated dogs all of a sudden) or kill them. However these videos are on the web already.

    Frankly I have not the time to play silly political games. I saw, and was made aware of Kimi for the FIRST on Sunday (assuming she was just another owner abuse case). I was appalled to find out that this has happened inside a ‘shelter’ type facility. I care not what excuses people give – it is unacceptable, period! If this dog was on private property, you can bet someone would have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

    When something is wrong, I say it how it is for the sake of the animals. I have the facts in front of me and will continue to fight until the care of ANY animals (regardless of where they are housed), is up to an acceptable standard for this day and age, in the Western World. Georgia, and other southern states need to open their eyes and see that animals are treated as poorly here as they are in some third world countries.

  15. Joanne Hiley says:

    Fact: Animals do NOT starve themselves to death, any ‘vet’ that says this should be fired on the spot!
    Fact: Kimi did NOT have worms or any other physical ailments which could have contributed to her drastic weight loss (I have the vet paperwork to prove this – a PROPER vet)
    Fact: Not all the cages have feeding instructions on them – I have photographic and video evidence of such that I took only yesterday (Sept 28th)
    Fact: There are other emaciated dogs in there that DO wish to eat – I have video evidence of them devouring treats that I gave them when I visited yesterday. I am not going to tell you which dog/s on this post for fear that CCAC will hide them, in lock down (as they have done with the other emaciated dogs all of a sudden) or kill them. However these videos are on the web already.
    Frankly I have not the time to play stupid political games – when something is wrong, I say it how it is for the sake of the animals. I have the facts in front of me and will continue to fight until the care of ANY animals (regardless of where they are housed), is up to an acceptable standard for this day and age, in the Western World. Georgia, and other southern states need to open their eyes and see that animals are treated as poorly here as they are in some third worlds countries.

  16. Erica swantlon says:

    I have seen this condition a hundred times in shelter dogs. It even happens in bonofide boarding kennels when an owner goes on a long vacation (more than two weeks). The animal goes into shock and they can’t or won’t eat. In boarding situations it is not uncommon to see staff grind up kibble mix it with some canned food and hand feed the dog. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to do that in an over crowded shelter. Volunteers are overwhelmed by the work needed to keep the kennels sanitary alone. Feeding by hand is just impossble

  17. Cram says:

    please disregard the message i just submitted. I wish to reword it thank you.

  18. Cram says:

    Guys, all of you provide valid opinions about the animals at the shelter. I greatly respect robbie in that he believes actions speak louder than anonymous words and thus each of us should research the situation for ourselves. There remains only one problem. Recently, all the “emancipated” dogs were moved out of their kennels and into “private observation and monitoring areas”. These dogs are no longer visible to the public. I am not claiming that the kennel is trying to hide evidence but I urge you to go and make your own decisions with this in mind. This video was taken withing the past 2 days inside the kennel at run 89 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YOIyhbZ-Gg . The dog was then promptly removed. If this dog, whom I have worked with on the multiple occasions in which i volunteered there is put down, it will serve as further proof of the cruelty which I believe to be going on. Thank you for your time

  19. Anna says:

    Everyone should do their own research and not base their reactions on one article published on the internet. I adopted a beautiful German Shepherd from Cobb County Animal Control a few days ago and the staff and workers were very caring and concerned that he was depressed and off his food. I even got a follow up call from the on staff veterinarian asking how he was doing. Do your own research folks.

  20. Robbie says:

    This website is a perfect example of how the internet serves to provide a public platform for people who otherwise couldn’t organize their thoughts, in order to foist their uninformed, unreasoned, bombastic, lurid agenda on other naive, unquestioning people, who latch onto sensationalism as a form of entertainment. “Nearly dead”? Really? Because I have seen the “nearly dead,” and trust me they don’t look anything like Kimi does in the “starving” picture. Strangely enough, Mr. Benson doesn’t provide a vet report to support his declaration. And any suggestion, large or small, that this shelter is in any way like Auschwitz is vile. Despite his allusions to an erudite background, apparently neither Mr. Benson or many of his “admirers” have ever been to Auschwitz, or can do more than recall some faint, high school history class notion of what happened at Auschwitz. Shame on you. Shame, shame, shame on you. If You the Public have a fervent desire to help animals, be a responsible volunteer. And for God’s sake, be a responsible person. Don’t take one person’s word (or website posting) for it. Use your eyes, your ears, your judgment. Go to the shelter, volunteer, look around, ask questions, listen to lots of people, do the grunt work, take lots of pictures, bring bleach and towels and food. Go to the county government meetings, watch what happens to the budget, demand a fair share for the shelter, and the people who work there. Or maybe some anonymous person with nothing but anecdotal evidence from people they don’t know or can identify, could show up at your job and demand you be fired. If you see something that needs to be reported – report it. I don’t want to hear that you are afraid. Don’t snark around and file some anonymous posting or complaint – you better do it in person, and loudly. But take warning, the rest of us will hold you to it; you don’t just get to care about the cute little puppies and kittens. You don’t get to create nifty little websites for “cheeky smashups” and self-promotion and call it job done. The rest of us will be watching.

  21. Brad Bliss says:

    Cobb County is run by a bunch of dirty rotten bas–rds. Excuse me but the county residents are to blame. This abuse is their fault. We must find a way to punish them!

  22. Nikki Powers says:

    I work/volunteer and am on the BOD of the non profit group that funds my local County animal shelter. WE have our food donated by Purina. We ARE lucky…. BUT….. even if we did not have food donated, all we would need to do is ask the public to donate food, and food would come in! I ask for bleach, and we are loaded with bleach…. All it takes is someone to ask. This is an ANIMAL SHELTER!!! These pets are to be taken care of, fed, and given medical care. IF you are unable to do this… walk on and let someone else do what you can not…..

  23. Maria says:

    Using language like “retards” is not helpful. Being a bigot doesn’t help care for animals in distress. I’d suggest we be mindful of how our behavior and words affect everyone–people with disabilities, animals, everyone.

  24. Mojtaba Kia says:

    I contacted CBS Atlanta this Morning. I have been informed that one of their investigative reporters has been assigned to investigate this issue. I hope these retards at CCAC get the exposure they need and hope for a change for better. Animals deserve better than this.

  25. Joanne Hiley says:

    I did contact Jeff Patellis himself and he has no defense, what does that say to those of you who think that there is nothing wrong here?
    How many of you that live in Cobb County, or within driving distance have been in the facility lately and seen how many dogs have actually lost weight – drastically?
    Compare them to their petfinder pictures.
    And for anyone who claims that ‘oh, it is just stress, the dog will not eat under such conditions, right?’, then answer me this.. How is it NOT neglect that a dog can lose weight to this extent and it be ignored day in, day out? If this dog were ‘stressed’ like this in it’s home environment, it’s owners would and should be charged for cruelty and neglect – then why not CCAC? I cnot only care what caused the dog to get into this state, but also the fact that she DID and it was ignored! That’s neglect, that’s cruelty, that’s an OFFENSE.

  26. Mike says:

    To those of you who are defending those who work at the shelter on the basis of “workload”, you are out of your minds. I work in a crowded Georgia animal shelter (not Cobb County). I deal with hundreds of dogs each day. There is absolutely no way, no matter how busy I was, that I wouldn’t notice a dog losing this amount of weight and address it. This should be investigated and, if necessary, action should be taken. If all parties are acting appropriately, then they shouldn’t mind an inquiry, right?

  27. debbie williams says:

    Keep up the good work I wish we could do the same to the people that do this to a animal I would love to see it

  28. Volunteer says:

    Dear ‘Volunteer for Animals’ and ‘Maggie’,

    I respect your point of view, but must say that the volunteers DO report sneezes and
    and worms in poop, and most times it takes REPEATED pleas to have anything done about it. I KNOW, I’M THE ONE WHO IS THE EXPERT ON POOP. I have seen the same animals pooping worms day in and day out without any regard to giving the animal medication when it was reported over and over again. Yes, there has been gains at the shelter over the years. But to say the shelter is “clean” IS a misstatement. I don’t know what you did at the shelter, but it wasn’t working with the dogs. The cage cards may have instructions for feeding, etc. but if you read Michele Buchanan’s statement earlier in this post, you will see that just because it is written on the card doesn’t mean that anyone reads it or follows throughs with the instructions. And a “broken heart” does not cause cases such as Kimi’s. It is lack of proper care period… And other animals are under feed and DO go hungry. Do they starve to death – no. Usually they are killed first. Take the blinders off and recognize that changes need to happen. No not every animal is as bad off as Kimi, but over 11,000 animals are killed at the shelter every year. That is alot of animals. And they all deserve to live with proper food, proper medical care, a clean environment, and with dignity and respect. I cannot change your opinions or how you think, but I can state the facts.

  29. Maggie says:

    Do you think the volunteers at CCAC are dumb enough to not report starving animals to the management?? I’ve even heard them report when a dog or cat sneezes, or when they see worms in the animals poop.

    And, why would the vet have special feeding instructions on the cage card if they wanted to starve the dog to death? I find your comment about Auschwitz highly offensive. But I also find your insinuations about other dogs “starving to death” ridiculous. Prove it. This dog didn’t die…………..she was just suffering from a broken heart.

  30. volunteer for animals says:

    So many of the comments by C. Benson are not factual. Being a regular volunteer at the shelter, you would be able to appreciate the progress that is being made in the care of the animals. This dog was being checked by the vet and special feeding instructions were given. Some dogs take being torn from their homes by their owners worse than others, and it takes time. It is called stress. Why was Mr. Benson not concerned enough to take that dog out of the shelter weeks ago if it was being starved??? The place is very clean and the animals are looked after. Go to any shelter outside the metro area and see how those poor animals live. How about the one in Rome, GA where they shoot them? How about the ones that only hold for 3 or 5 or 7 days???? Take a look at the hang tags on the cages at Cobb. Some animals have been there for several months. How uncaring of the shelter not to put them down after 7 days.

    The way to effect change is to become involved and you would see that these animals are being treated fairly. THIS IS A SHELTER-not a rescue. AND, it is not Auschwitz. That is an offensive statement to many. Become a volunteer and make a difference!

  31. Volunteer says:

    To those of you who question the validity of the photos and the account of this story, I say to you, it is true. Nothing has been made up or photoshopped. Many, many animals come into the shelter relatively healthy and of normal weight, but unfortunately end up looking like this dog. It is not uncommon. The reasons can be many, such as stress, worms and other health issues. These issues CAN be addressed but are not. And yes, these animals are killed. The new veterinarian’s focus is mainly on spaying and neutering animals, not on handling medical issues. Feeding is done in a haphazard manner and yes, animals are overlooked and even forgotten about at feeding time or are not give enough food. At times the animals do not have water or even clean water bowls. Water bowls are only washed once a week. Why don’t the volunteers speak up. Because they are AFRAID that Captain Patellis will shut down the volunteer program and then the animals will truly be without any help. (It should be stated that some volunteers have been very vocal about alot of the problems but not without consequences.) Being on the ‘inside’ does allow the volunteers to give the animals water, a clean kennel, a towel to lay on and maybe a tennis ball to play with. The volunteers try to get the dogs outside for a brief (10 minutes or so) time every other day or third day, so they can do their business outside and socialize with other dogs. However, there never seems to be enough volunteers or enough time in the day to spend with each animal. At the end of the day, dogs and cats are still caged. Some are still hungry. Some must sit in a urine and feces covered cage waiting for someone to clean up the mess. Waiting for someone to notice that they need attention so they don’t end up like Kimi. If you want to do something, I would suggest come and volunteer whatever time you have, even if it is only an hour a week. Bring your suggestions, your voice and your love to these animals. If you cannot volunteer, then sponsor some animals for adoption for those who cannot pay the new $110.00 fee for these animals. Buy some real, not stuffed, dog toys. Bring some thick old towels for the animals to lay on. Come by sometime when you have a hour or so free time, and hold and pet the cats. Play with a dog in the bonding room. Buy some canned dog and cat food – the pate kind (ground up kind) for the animals that cannot chew the crunchy kind and for the kittens. And yes it is true that the shelter does not provide the canned food for animals that cannot eat the crunchy kind, the volunteers and other kind people provide this. If you see something you don’t like such as the nasty kennels, the horrible smell, the empty water bowls, the lack of adequate food given at feeding time, the cockroaches at every turn, the lack of air conditioning for the dogs, then say something to the kennel manager or facility manager or Capt. Patellis. Don’t address your concerns with the Animal Control workers because they are not in a position to change anything and most times will not pass on your comments. IF anything changes, it will be because YOU take the time do make a difference. It doesn’t take much, there is someway that you can help. And yes, ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

  32. Belle1231 says:

    This is not a factual report. Cobb County AC is a compassionate facility, and does everything possible to get the animals there adopted. The picture of the starved dog looks suspiciously like one of a trio of redbone hounds that were taken in a cruelty case. All 3 are now in foster. I don’t believe a word of this piece, but I will forward to reliable sources I trust who work weekly with Cobb AC to get their comments. I routinely transport animals for Cobb Co., so I have a very good working relationship with them. Some people love to stir up trouble. This appears to be another such case.

  33. Nora says:

    I’ve known some of the employees at CCAC for 14 years. I’ve done rescue and foster work with the shelter. Animals do get sick there. Unfortunately, it happens. As some one above mentioned, animals get very stressed out, and that can cause serious health issues. But to accuse the staff of animal abuse, or to suggest (without details or solid facts) that there’s something illegal going on, is a stretch. I’ve been in the back rooms of the shelter and there is nothing sinister being hidden from the public. Unless there are detailed accounts of abuse or neglect with witness statements made to the Department of Agriculture (which inspects all shelters in GA) there isn’t any reason to fire employees en masse at CCAC. Sure, voice concerns. If you visit CCAC and see an animal is poor shape, talk to the staff or manager. My experience with them is that they listen. But please understand that they’re taking care of hundreds of animals that are strays or that have been dumped there. I think they’re doing the best they can with the resources they have.

  34. Debbie Tucker says:

    Stress can do that to SOME dogs, but the last pic is another dog just yesterday. Obviously they are not feeding adequately, because not all dogs in shelters are thin. I have seen hundreds of dogs in shelters, so I have a broad overview.

    There is not a good excuse to have a lot of thin dogs at a shelter. If you want to see how a shelter can change through DONATIONS and good, caring, knowledgeable directors, check this out (and take note of the glowingly happy animals at this shelter!): http://www.vimeo.com/26974723

  35. Mary Ann says:

    Ok, but lets look at something here, she was there 6 weeks, its called stress folks. Dogs get extremely stressed in shelters, kennels, boarding facilities, everyone knows that right? 6 weeks is a long, stressful time to be in a huge building full of barking dogs and strange smells, and strange people, and she probably had a family once, so she was wondering where they were. Even the nicest boarding facilities will tell you after long term exposure, dogs begin to feel kennel stress, and they stop eating.
    I don’t know Chris Benson either, but I did adopt a dog from CCAC in August and she was thin when I got her, but perfectly healthy otherwise, she plumped right up, and is perfect now!

    I think the staff cares about the animals and has a very hard job to start with, and who exactly would Mr. Benson like to put in charge there? Himself?? Demanding change without a plan of action isn’t always the best idea folks..

  36. clara sharp says:

    I have lived in CC most of my life, and have adopted from there many times. I ahve never heard anything of these statements.
    Neither do I know who Chris Benson is. I don’t know what he is basing his facts on.
    Before I start trying to get people fired, I would like to do a little research and fine out exactly what is going on.

  37. Carol K says:

    The last pic was taken when she arrived at the shelter Aug 14th. The top pic was taken when she was adopted on sept 25th. Please read the article.

  38. Heather says:

    This is truly, truly sad – doesn’t Cobb County Animal Control euthanize after 7-10 days? Does anyone know what state of health she was in when she was brought to the facility? How long she was there? If she was surrendered in this state and was only there for a couple of days…. the AC really can’t be blamed – however, I am wondering if they gave you any medical advice as to how to deal with her state IE: start feeding her small amounts every cpl of hours, then after a week, start feeding her twice a day – love how you guys plumped her up, she is in her forever home for sure….

  39. Lorie Erskine says:

    Did some one bring this to the attention of Jeff Patellis and discuss how this was allowed to be?

    We have made some headway with him in advocating for the long neglected cats at Cobb. Not a million miles but some mileage.

  40. Michelle McClain says:

    I posted this on FOX 5′s facebook page and all of their reporters pages also!!! Will be making calls tomorrow!!!!

  41. Ineedpeace says:

    This makes me so sick that the people that are supposed to be caring for these animals are treating them this way. I emailed all the Cobb County Commissioners, along with some local government council people and mayors, many Patch news editors, MDJonline editors, and other local newspapers with this information. Maybe someone will look into it and do something about it. These animals are suffering enough from lack of love, abuse, health issues, and living in cages….do they need to be starved too?

  42. Marcia says:

    I live in Ma. What can I do?This is disgusting,can barely read this!!!!I want to help!

  43. Brooke powell says:

    Someone needs to make a petition online through a petition site like moveon.org. (that’s what got such publicity for the Troy Davis execution). Then it could go viral. And yes, the media needs to be involved. I sent email to all of the commissioners.

  44. Valerie Pegg says:

    I am shocked by this. I shared it as widely as I could and will keep up with this story. How the hell does something like this slide by so many people who work at the shelter? What about volunteers, don’t they notice this going on? SPEAK UP, PEOPLE!! The pets can’t speak for themselves, and will just starve to death.

  45. Stuart says:

    I agree with Diane’s reply above the Media need to be involved as nothing will change and it will get brushed under the carpet so to speak. We have 4 rescue dogs of our own and one we rescued in Mexico almost two years ago that was in the same state as poor Kimi but was as a result of being abandoned in a derelict yard for weeks not a so called shelter. Everyone needs to petition against this and call as many people as they can. The wonderful people who rescued this beautiful dog firstly thank you she looks incredible now. It’s amazing what food and love can do in just 6weeks she looks like a totally different dog. God bless you! I wish you would call your local media and report this and let them in investigate and report on it. I think that is really the only way to expose what is really happpening in some of these so called shelter’s which is an understatement they should be called torture camps!!!!!! Kimi is one of the lucky ones she got a great home but there are many more that will never have that luxury and will continue to suffer these atrocities if we sit back and do nothing. We have to be their voices now as tomorrow may be to little to late!!!

  46. Stuart Wood says:

    I agree with Diane’s reply above the Media need to be involved as nothing will change and it will get brushed under the carpet so to speak. We have 4 rescue dogs of our own and one we rescued in Mexico almost two years ago that was in the same state as poor Kimi but was as a result of being abandoned in a derelict yard for weeks not a so called shelter. Everyone needs to petition against this and call as many people as they can. The wonderful people who rescued this beautiful dog firstly thank you she looks incredible now. It’s amazing what food and love can do in just 6weeks she looks like a totally different dog. God bless you! I wish you would call your local media and report this and let them in investigate and report on it. I think that is really the only way to expose what is really happpening in some of these so called shelter’s which is an understatement they should be called torture camps!!!!!! Kimi is one of the lucky ones she got a great home but there are many more that will never have that luxury and will continue to suffer these atrocities if we sit back and do nothing. We have to be their voices now as tomorrow may be to little to late!!!

  47. Glynys wood says:

    I agree with Diane’s reply above the Media need to be involved as nothing will change and it will get brushed under the carpet so to speak. We have 4 rescue dogs of our own and one we rescued in Mexico almost two years ago that was in the same state as poor Kimi but was as a result of being abandoned in a derelict yard for weeks not a so called shelter. Everyone needs to petition against this and call as many people as they can. The wonderful people who rescued this beautiful dog firstly thank you she looks incredible now. It’s amazing what food and love can do in just 6weeks she looks like a totally different dog. God bless you! I wish you would call your local media and report this and let them in investigate and report on it. I think that is really the only way to expose what is really happpening in some of these so called shelter’s which is an understatement they should be called torture camps!!!!!! Kimi is one of the lucky ones she got a great home but there are many more that will never have that luxury and will continue to suffer these atrocities if we sit back and do nothing. We have to be their voices now as tomorrow may be to little to late!!!

  48. Glynys wood says:

    This is despicable how on earth can this be happening? Those poor defenseless animals being starved at a shelter of all places! Then to add insult to injury some are then euthanized. It is incomprehensible and sick. I am outraged that this is really happening in a civilized Country.Those poor animals are suffering mentally and physically for no reason other than total abuse and neglect. They feel pain, stress and hunger just like us. Please stop this insanity and close down that facility or make people who work there accountable for there disgraceful acts on these poor innocent animal victims.How on earth do these people sleep at night? If these were Children there would be a huge outcry from the public. Well to many of us animal lovers and advocates these are our Children and I am very outraged as I am sure many other people are. We need make our voices heard for these poor souls.Stop this cruelty now.

  49. Susan Freeman says:

    Disgusting, bet the staff ate every day. This is happening all over Georgia and the politicians do not want to be bothered with it. We the people need to make them pay attention of what is going on in our Animal Controls.

  50. Diane Bahn says:

    I will contact them tomorrow. This is sickening! Do you know that rescues organizations in Florida get a lot of dogs from Georgia because of the abuse at these shelters? And is Georgia still allowing shelters to gas dogs en masse when they are overcrowded? Just awful. I commend you for putting this issue of abuse out there and I hope it makes a difference!

  51. Diane Lowery says:

    Someone needs to contact the media about this and the commissioners will do something about it. Otherwise, it will be covered up by the politicians.

  52. Cathi says:

    I volunteer for a non-profit that helps feed animals in need. CCAC was, at one time, one of our recipients, along with other county shelters, private rescues and individuals feeding strays and feral colonies. There IS help … so why is this happening?
    Sickening, truly sickening.

  53. Patti Payson says:

    What can I do to help in addition to writing to Cobb Animal Shelter?

  54. Michele Buchanan says:

    I was at CCAC last week on Thursday during evening feeding time. The feeding instructions, including amounts, for each dog are posted on the outside of each cage. I observed that the folks doing the feeding were not reading the instructions and were not measuring the food. They were scooping up food into the feeding bowl from a large container, just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl, and placing the food bowl back in the cage. I thought it must have been a busy night and an isolated incident. It looks like I was wrong. I regret not speaking up.

  55. Done. This makes me sick! Thanks fo being an animal advocate!!!!!!

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