Roswell animal shelters to follow new rules following mauling

Updated: 06/16/2014 8:15 PM | Created: 06/16/2014 8:14 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Animal rescue groups in Roswell now have new rules to follow.

This comes after one rescue shelter has been under scrutiny because of a brutal attack.     

Three pit bulls at the shelter escaped and mauled a 9-year-old boy last week.

The shelter is in so much disarray, the mayor put a halt to all rescue adoptions Thursday.

 KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned 27 dogs were euthanized before the adoption ban was lifted Monday.

"My job is to perform as mayor and protect the citizens of this community," said Dennis Kintigh.

Kintigh says he made the decision to stop the adoptions, after learning the shelter where the dogs escaped was in deplorable shape.

He released pictures to make his point.

"We put this suspension in place because we did not know who we could trust," said Kintigh. "People say we're animal rescues, we love animals, we want to be here to help, that's what we were told. But the conditions that were found were deplorable, unacceptable, and a boy was viciously attacked."

The mayor took heat for the adoption ban, with some people on Facebook calling him an animal killer.

On Monday, the mayor lifted the ban, and as of 1 p.m., dogs were being rescued by Roswell Humane Society.

From now on, Roswell will require other rescue groups to sign a letter of agreement, provide proof of their non-profit status, and be subject to spot checks for compliance.

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