In this PDF of a statement of 5 May 2010 from
Amanda Jordan, she alleges inappropriate use of euthanasia,
improper boarding of horses, improper castration of a pig,
and resulting physical injury to an employee.
She asks for:
“I feel that some detailed financial, paperwork, and computer investigation
should be conducted within the Lowndes County Animal Services office.
Taxpayer’s dollars are spent to keep these animals of Lowndes County safe,
and I’m sure if the citizens of Lowndes County were aware of some of these
things they may be very hurt and disgusted with the Board of Commissioners for
not making sure the right measures are being taken to do what is right for this office.”
Here is a transcription. -jsq
My Name is Amanda Jordan. From June 2005 to December 2007, I worked for the
Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Office with the Animal Services Division.
Linda Patelski was the director and my direct supervisor during that time.
I enjoyed my job as a shelter attendant dearly.
It was such a pleaser to see animals get adopted to new homes
or returned to their owners if they were picked up by Animal Control officers.
As rewarding as it was, I also had other jobs that were not
Euthinizing animals were sometimes heartbreaking.
While some animals were injured, sick, or feral, others were perfectly
healthy and just needed a home.
Due to the lack of space in the facility they had to be euthanized.
I recall a full term pregnant female dog came into the office.
Normally, this would be a reason to put a dog down due to the
inability of space to house a mother dog and her puppies.
Because this particular mother dog was some sort of small breed
and her puppies expected to be small breed Linda Patelski
(the director) decided we must keep these puppies for adoption.
Even with the risk of diseases they were saved for the adoption room
as other healthy dogs were put to sleep to accompany the space
for the puppies.
The shelter also has
“It’s no longer a case of an individual making a claim, as it will
be evident by the physical evidence provided by the security cameras,”
said Pritchard. “The standard operating procedures such as frequency
of inspection of the animals and how often an animal will be reviewed
or examined, along with the veterinarian care, have been revised to the
general procedures set by guidelines of the Department of Agriculture
and the animal control ordinance we adopted several years ago.”
“You take that policy, coupled with the updated standard operating
procedures, added to the technical verification and I think that addresses
the issues,” said Pritchard. “My purpose is to eliminate any problem
or potential problem.”
As promised at Tuesday’s Lowndes County Board of Commissioners
meeting, the Lowndes County Animal Shelter (LCAS) allowed the public
the opportunity Wednesday afternoon to get a behind-the-scenes look at
the facility that has recently come under fire.
Employees, both past and present, have accused several shelter employees
of inhumane treatment of animals, the mishandling of tranquilizers and
illegal operating procedures.
“I’ve seen a lot of the animals come in the shelter and not got vet care
and sometimes that comes in the form of euthanasia,” says Susan Leavens,
an animal control officer for Lowndes County.
This led several Lowndes County Animal Shelter employees to file a
complaint with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
It launched an investigation citing the facility for not providing
Joe Pritchard continued in his report:
August of 2010 the Department of Agriculture called me and asked
for a meeting about issues of concern.
They expressed those issues centered around
maintenance of records …
what was classified as humane treatment.
Mr. Pritchard referred to “specific castration of a pot-bellied pig”.
He didn’t say whether he considered that inhumane treatment;
he merely discussed it after referring to things “classified as humane treatment”.