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Shelter for animals is inhumane, group says

February 23, 2012

Doug Bauman

    A group of area residents met with the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday regarding concerns they have with the Adams County Animal Shelter.
    Joanna Stanley, along with her husband Joe, and two women who live in the count, brought concerns regarding the number of animals, particularly cats, being euthanized in Adams County, as well as alleged inhumane conditions in which the animals are kept.
    The Stanleys stated that they have adopted several cats from the local shelter in an effort to decrease the number being euthanized.
    Mrs. Stanley told commissioners that she had recently contacted the shelter regarding two Angora cats that were up for adoption, asking the shelter to hold the cats until she was able to pick them up.
    According to Mrs. Stanley, when she arrived at the shelter, several days later, the cats had been euthanized.
    The group also alleges that animals at the shelter are being kept in inhumane and unsanitary conditions, stating that the cages are too small and there was "an extremely foul odor" emitting from the holding area.
    The group is asking for a no-kill animal shelter to be built in Decatur, which they say would allow residents easier access and a longer time period to adopt a pet.
    While commissioners agreed a no-kill shelter is a good idea, they stated the county has a contract with Carol and Charlie Bowers, who operate the county shelter, that is good until 2014.
    Commissioners also noted that, prior to entering the contract with the Bowers' in 2010, the county had advertised for candidates on at least three occasions, with only the Bowers responding.
    Chairman Doug Bauman said that anyone who wishes to open a no-kill shelter in the county is encouraged to do so, with private funding.
    As a last item for discussion, the group asked for a dog park to be built in Decatur, stating that they believe Hanna-Nuttman Park would be a perfect location as "nobody uses that park anymore."
    The commissioners reiterated that the county does not have the funds to take on such a project and that any such park would have to be done with private funding.


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May 29, 2012 by indygal60 (not verified), 2 years 52 weeks ago
Comment: 331

Holly05: No one is bashing anyone. I am sure both Mr. and Mrs. Bowers are fine people and would not have taken on the shelter if they did not love animals. No one on this board has said that PAWS of Adams County is trying to take over the shelter. I am simply stating that compared to other shelters in the surrounding counties, we are lacking in the animal care and control area. I have personally met Mr. Bowers at the shelter and found him to rude and brusk. Just my opinion, maybe he was having a bad day.

Animal Shelter

May 27, 2012 by vicki euler (not verified), 3 years 1 day ago
Comment: 330

The county can side-walks, traffic signals, to hire a new sheriff, get a new design for the sheriff cars...tasers...and I'm sure that I could go on and on with this. I have been to and have seen for myself the condition of this animal shelter. I would never take an animal there!..that would be considered animal cruelty in my book. I'm so happy that I got out of this God forsaken town....Good Luck to all of the rest who have stayed...I wish you the best.

Enough bashing already!!

May 25, 2012 by Holly05 (not verified), 3 years 3 days ago
Comment: 328

First of all I honestly don't think some people that has commented even knows what they are talking about!! I personally meet with carol and she is a very nice lady and she is out to help the animals. I have not met her husband. But 2 people can't do everything on their own. When I was there all the animals were clean, feed and all areas were clean. Instead of complaining and bashing them why don't you donate some cat food, or dog food or even cat litter?! I know they can't really have volunteers due to insurance reasons but there are other things you guys could do to help them. And bashing them is NOT one of them!! Also the PAWS group is NOT trying to take over or shut down the shelter. In fact they want to help the shelter by finding good loving homes for all animals. Their mission is to teach responsible pet ownership, the importance of spay and encourage the adoption of animals from shelters. They are trying to open a rescue but NOT so they can shut down the shelter but to work WITH the shelter and get all animals a loving home. Which I'm sure everyone would agree that animals need a good loving place to call instead of bashing people and talking about how people need to do this and do that. Why don't you step up and find out how you can truly help!!

Monies being raised

May 24, 2012 by indygal60 (not verified), 3 years 4 days ago
Comment: 327

There are several pages on Facebook that are dedicated to this. Adams County No Kill Shelter is one and PAWS of Adams County Indiana is another. PAWS recently held a bake sale at the SuperWash in Decatur. Not sure if any of these organizations are listed as a non-profit with the state or if anyone has contacted the Adams County Foundation to set up some sort of fund-raising collection point. All I know is something needs to be done with that shelter. The place is disgusting, the cages are cruel, and the man is charge needs people skills.

Anything new going on with

May 23, 2012 by Heather Stoppenhagen (not verified), 3 years 5 days ago
Comment: 326

Anything new going on with this?

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