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OUR VIEW: Thumbs up to Moore, county for animal shelter improvement

Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said she is “amazed by the transformation.” The Gwinnett Police chief said the changes at the Gwinnett County Animal Enforcement and Welfare Center have been “unbelievable.” Both said that it’s directly attributed to Chip Moore.

This week we join the choir, giving a thumbs up to Moore and his staff for their positive work with the shelter.

In addition to making the shelter a better-looking and functioning place, Moore and company have impressive numbers to back up the improvements made since Moore took over in March of 2012; last year the shelter euthanized 35 percent of the animals it took in versus 63 percent four years earlier.

In fact, last year for the first time since the 1970s more animals were saved than put down. That number continues to trend downward, sitting at 19 percent so far this year Moore told the Board of Commissioners during a briefing earlier this week.

During that briefing, Moore went over several of the things he has implemented to improve conditions at the shelter. Some of those include painting murals on the walls, polishing the floors and making pens in the kennel area look like houses. While those changes were made to help get the animals adopted out of the shelter, Moore also put into place procedures to question folks who wanted to leave animals at the shelter in an attempt to dissuade them from giving up their pets.

The shelter recently filmed a public service announcement and has entered it in a pair of contests that could earn prize money for the shelter, and it is also participating in the Rachel Ray Challenge, another opportunity to earn funds.

Officials said Moore has also improved morale at the shelter, turning the facility around in conditions for both employees and animals.

“I cannot say enough about what this man has done for the shelter,” Walters said. “It’s unbelievable, and it’s directly attributable to Chip.”

We agree, and congratulate Moore and his staff on the turnaround.

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