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Advocates vocalize concerns over shuffling of animals from Friendswood shelter

by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 10:50 PM

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas -- Animal advocates banded together in opposition over plans to reseal the floors at the Friendswood Animal Shelter.

The floors were set to be redone from July 7 to July 26.

During that time, the shelter planned to house more than 40 cats in the break room at the facility and temporarily transfer about 19 dogs to other area shelters.

Advocates are convinced that animals from other shelters would have to put animals down to take in the dogs from Friendswood.

“People thought they were being transferred to other animal controls, and they would be safe. That is not the case,” said Marlene Marino, founder of Forgotten Pet Advocates. “There is only one way to make space and that is to euthanize who is in that space.”

Marino and a crowd of other advocates spoke out during a meeting at Friendswood City Hall on Wednesday night.

They proposed that the shelter figure out a way to keep the animals from Friendswood in Friendswood.

Friendswood Police Chief Robert Wieners said there have never been any plans to euthanize animals during this process.

“They’re not going to euthanize animals to accommodate us. The information that’s out on Facebook is incorrect,” said Chief Robert Wieners. “I think there are some folks out there that have an agenda other than the project.”

Advocates also expressed worries over the shelter renovations happening after the 4th of July - one of the busiest times of the year for animal intake.

The animal advisory committee voted to put the project on hold after hearing from the public.

The committee did not decide when the floors at the shelter will get resealed.

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