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Clayton Co. animal control under fire

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Clayton County Animal Control is under fire after volunteers accused the shelter of euthanizing more than 20 animals without warning.

Angry animal rescue groups spoke out about problems at the county's animal control center Tuesday evening.

The shelter gave FOX 5 a tour of the facility and says it's not doing anything wrong.

“The dogs that I pull here are sick and in the worst condition you can possibly imagine,” said Jennifer Naujokas with Angels Among Us.

Clayton County Police Captain Andre Jackson heads the animal shelter and disagrees with Naujokas.

Jackson says more animals were coming in, than the shelter had space.

“In order to keep a healthy facility in place, because safety is paramount, we had to do that at last resort,” said Jackson.

Maria Dorough, with Partners for Pets, says among the group of 22 who were euthanized, seven dogs had rescue holds and could have been saved.

“I'm not aware of any rescue groups claiming particular animals,” said Jackson. “We don't have a holding pattern for rescue groups.”

Partners for Pets served as a liaison between rescue groups and animal control, but that group of volunteers was told to sign an agreement.

"We just want to be a contract vendor with the center to work with the animals but they have closed us off," said Dorough.

Rescue groups say they will continue to do what is best for the animals, but Clayton County needs to make a lot of changed.

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