#FOUNDDOGS 12-06-13 #FLINT #MI #ADOPTABLEDOGS GENESEE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER 4351 WEST PASADENA AV
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- The veterinarian at is leaving her job with the county over threats, verbal abuse and pressure from some members of the public to avoid euthanasia at all costs, even in the case dangerous or very sick animals."Recently, there has become increasingly more pressure at the shelter to improve 'the stats' of the animals there by reducing the euthanasia rate," Michele Koan wrote in a May 15 letter to the county obtained by The Flint Journal under the Freedom of Information Act."In doing this, extreme actions have been being taken to extend the lives of animals whose quality of life is no longer existent and also to place animals whose temperaments make them a risk to other animals and to the public itself, all in the name of getting an animal out of the building at all costs in order to avoid labeling that animal as one that the shelter euthanized."Koan, who also works at her Flushing-area practice, has been with the shelter since 2010. said Koan typically works four to six hours a week at the shelter."Over the past week, I have been thrown under the bus and repeatedly slandered for doing what I know to be the right thing for the animals," she wrote. "For honest decisions that were made based on my education and my veterinary oath, I have received numerous threats, including suggestive death threats."Wallace confirmed that Koan is leaving and added he already has begun the process to find a replacement. He did not comment on the reasons for her departure."She's really an awesome veterinarian," Wallace said.Genesee County Commissioner Pegge Adams, D-Richfield Twp., said it's a shame such a qualified professional was put in this position."She's going to be nearly impossible to replace," Adams said during a board committee meeting Tuesday, May 26. "You can find crackpots in any profession, and I'm sure they'll be lining up now."Genesee Residents for Animal Control Evolution previously , when she said a policy of ending routine euthanasia has created more suffering than good for cats and kittens.But a founding member of GRACE, Richard Angelo, said he wasn't aware of any recent conflicts with the veterinarian."I know that there are some volunteers who absolutely love her, and there are some others who have been critical of her," Angelo said.Angelo added he was surprised to hear of the resignation, because he feels the shelter has had improvements lately.MLive-The Flint Journal could not immediately reach Koan for comment.
Though there are legal impound limits that allow animal control to euthanize, many are kept as long as required to get them adopted out. Despite the stereotypes of Flint, there is not much of a percentage difference between the number of pit bulls and other breeds that end up at the shelter.
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Genesee County Animal Shelter 4351 W. Pasadena Avenue Flint, MIThe Humane Society of Genesee County G-3325 S Dort Hwy Burton, MI 48206Try them. Your pet might be there lonely and scared. They are waiting for their family to come find them.These photos are from Genesee County Animal Control and change daily so for a more complete list see: Also check our available cat/kittens list to see if your lost cat has moved up to available: GCAC holds stray cats for 5 business days. "Recently, there has become increasingly more pressure at the shelter to improve 'the stats' of the animals there by reducing the euthanasia rate," Michele Koan wrote in a May 15 letter to the county obtained by The Flint Journal under the Freedom of Information Act.