Genesee County Animal Shelter volunteers voice concerns at board - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Genesee County Animal Shelter volunteers voice concerns at board meeting

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (08/13/14) - Upset and frustrated, people in Genesee County showed up to a Board of Commissioners meeting to voice their concerns Wednesday.

They're angry about the management of the Genesee County Animal Shelter and they're hoping for change.

This is the second time in a week that the crowd showed up to the board meeting to speak out to commissioners. It's been what seems like a constant battle between volunteers and the Animal Control Shelter.

Emotions ran high inside the board meeting. Commissioners were bombarded with questions about the Genesee County Animal Shelter's volunteer program, and why some people weren't being allowed to participate.

It's been a week full of back and forth.

Last Tuesday, the volunteers were banned after rumors that threats were made against paid employees. Thursday, the ban was overturned by commissioners. Friday, when volunteers showed up to help out, the shelter was closed to the public and only a few of them were allowed in to help with the animals.

After about an hour of public comment, commissioners made it clear where they stand.

The board voted to allow all the volunteers back and they agreed to hire an independent, certified non-biased consultant to monitor the shelter and make sure it's in compliance with state regulations. That's a decision shelter director Stephanie Lazar says she is OK with.

"I have nothing to hide, nor does my staff, so please bring them in and maybe they can help," she said.

Commissioners also voted to remove the ban against cameras and cell phones inside the shelter.
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