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Bay County Please Remove Kathy Beatson as Animal Control Director

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Bay county needs a new shelter director, one that correctly assesses a situation and knows how to deal with it head on.   

We did research and we found numerous complaints such as, but not limited to the following.

*animals not being properly cared for- fecal matter all over them and their beds

*standing urine in kennels

*animals with open and infected sores who were not receiving treatment

Take a look at this website-

Most recently in the last year, she failed to understand an issue with a local dog that a veteran brought back, named Marley.  It is clear that the dog was trying to protect his family member from a "possible attacker", when kids were playing cops and robbers with a mask and toy guns.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Beatson ruled this dog was dangerous. 

Adding to the confusion, the same dog was recently startled while sleeping by a kid, he nipped at the kid and now is back at the shelter at risk for euthanasia.   The dog has startle reflex, a medical condition that is a non aggressive one.  Think about if you were woken up mid-sleep!?

Brevard county had multiple complaints about the animal handling while she was employed there.  We cannot have this same issue here in Bay County.  We are better than this.  Our people and our animals deserve better.  We need change and we need it now.


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