Animal Control volunteer program suspended after alleged threats

The sign on the front door of the Genesee County Animal Shelter explains the new policies. The volunteer program suspended and cell phones are no longer allowed inside of the building. County commissioners say this is because of online threats to workers inside. Volunteers, however, say new leadership is needed.

The outcry of mismanagement at the Genesee County Animal Shelter is growing louder.

â??Weâ??re beating our heads against the wall,â?? says Richard Angelo, founder of Genesee County Residents For Animal Control Evolution. â??Weâ??re trying to improve things there."

But now Richard Angelo and other volunteers are not allowed inside.

â??Why we keep doing this over and over,â?? questions Angelo.

Tuesday morning, county commissioner Pegge Adams suspended the volunteer program saying the shelter has received numerous threats.

Shelter management declined on-camera comment when NBC25 reached out Tuesday afternoon.

â??They need to have a robust volunteer program,â?? says Angelo. They need to have a robust adoption program."

The shelter has been embroiled in controversy for the past year with protest after protest.

â??Thatâ??s the only way this changes, is new leadership,â?? says Angelo.

But those conducting business at the shelter Tuesday say the center has improved.

â??Itâ??s gotten a lot better. It used to be a terrible. Animal control was just an awful, dead end place,â?? says Pat Falk of Flushing.

â??I saw animals well taken care of, feed, watered, cages clean,â?? says Shelly Walker of Linden who visited the shelter on Tuesday.

â??Anyone who is saying they're doing well there is either misinformed, not looking at the facts properly,â?? says Angelo.

While opinions on the shelter's condition vary, everyone is hoping the issues are resolved for the sake of their four-legged friends.

â??I want these volunteers to come back. They're the ones helping to train the animals and tame them,â?? says Falk.