The director of the Fayette County Animal Shelter in Alabama resigned following a disturbing announcement on Facebook claiming all pets at the shelter would be euthanized on Christmas Eve if they were not adopted.
On Wednesday afternoon, the county commission voted 4 to 1 to accept Misti Bellar’s resignation. The shelter is temporarily closed to the public until January 10 giving the commission time to replace the only full-time employee. According to the TuscaloosaNews, the shelter had garnered emergency attention after Bellar posted on Monday that 22 dogs were listed as “code red” and any dogs still at the shelter by noon on Christmas Eve would be euthanized.
Bellar blamed the situation on the County Commission who posted a denial on Facebook stating that the order to kill the animals was not true:
We are receiving information that there is an article posted on a No Kill Coalition page saying all our pets will be euthanized at noon today. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Apparently it is a shelter in another Fayette County in another state, but we have not read the article and do not know the circumstances. We understand everyone’s concerns but this is NOT our shelter. If anyone has questions about our operations, the best source is to always contact us directly and speak to staff members. We are always happy to discuss our shelter and what we do. Thank you!”
On Wednesday, Commissioner Joe Acker stated Bellar resigned because she knows the commission never told her anything about euthanizing those animals. “Those dogs were not in danger of being euthanized,” Acker stated. Within 24 hours, however all of the pets were either adopted or moved to other shelters. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society rescued ten of the dogs and expressed their disappointment on their Facebook page about Bellar’s resignation.
“We were disappointed to see that the director of the Fayette Animal Shelter resigned today. When our staff visited the shelter to lend a helping hand, they saw a hardworking, passionate and caring person doing her very best for the animals in her care…”
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Eight cats still remain at the shelter, and officials say they will be fed and cared for while the shelter is closed and until a replacement can be found for Bellar.
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