MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - On July 1st, when Bibb County takes over several city employees and their departments, responsibility for Macon-Bibb Animal Control will also fall on their shoulders.
"We need to look at everything including staffing, management, direction, mission, goals," says Bibb County Commission Lonzy Edwards.
These are items Edwards anticipates will be addressed within the next 60 days. He says Bibb County Commissioners are also focusing on making preparations for the new facility. They're looking for an architect to design the building, scouting out locations, working out policy procedures, and developing a plan for oversight.
"I was greatly relieved the city took at least some effort to change the management and operation of the facililty," says Edwards.
The change of hands happened after reports of deplorable conditions inside the sheltered surfaced last week. Lisa Gilbert with Central Georgia CARES sent 41NBC a picture of a water bowl she says was found inside the shelter.
"The only water this puppy had to drink was basically rancid water with slime, and actually even some round worms in the water," says Gilbert.
On Monday of this week, day-to-day responsibility shifted from Director Jim Johnson to employee Nathan Millwood. Spokesperson for the Macon Police Department, Jami Gaudet says, even though they're only in charge for a few more weeks, they're not going to let the shelter fall by the wayside.
"The staff and the police department are very committed to making sure that in the time we have left that the shelter works that the animals are well cared for that the rescuers are coming in to do their part to help, but above all we want to make sure our staff is doing exactly what it needs to do to protect the animals," says Gaudet.
Commissioner Edwards says Bibb County will continue to reach for that goal as they move toward this transition.