Birmingham Humane accepting animals from struggling shelter

By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - An animal shelter in Sylacauga needs help operating its facility.

The Animal Rescue Foundation of Sylacauga has surrendered nearly its entire population. The animals are now in the care of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

All of the animals are dogs. Some were healthy. Many were not. Some were dehydrated. Others had fleas and manges as well. Some may be euthanized.

They were hauled in trucks and vans throughout the afternoon from Sylacauga to Birmingham.

The executive director of GBHS, Jacque Meyer, says she was contacted by board members of the Animal Rescue Foundation of Sylacauga.

She was told they were overwhelmed and needed help.

The officials decided to surrender nearly the entire population of the shelter.

This is not the first time the GBHS has assisted that shelter.

"I think they just got overwhelmed and had a lot of good-hearted people who were trying to do the right thing, but just wasn't educated in what the right thing was," said Jacque Meyer.

The Sylacauga shelter will remain open, but Meyer says it will undergo some changes, including the staff being properly trained to operate the facility.

The bright side is that GBHS will conduct a adopt-a-thon this weekend. It starts on Friday.

Officials are hoping the healthy dogs will be placed in loving homes.

FOX6 News called the Animal Rescue Foundation of Sylacauga several times for a comment. No one answered.

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