Shelter Investigating Controversy Over Dog

The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter board is investigating a situation regarding a woman who says the shelter will not give her her dog back.

Briana Martin wrote a letter to the Toccoa Record last week and appeared before the shelter board Tuesday.

According to Martin, she and her husband rescued the dog a couple of months ago and had to move, so they left the dog, which they say had health problems when they found it, with a friend.

The dog got loose and ended up at the shelter.

Martin did not know the dog was found until it was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and the vet recognized the dog as Martin’s.

Martin said she went to the shelter to get the dog back.

However, she said she was told that since the dog had been at the shelter for more than five days, she would have to fill out adoption paperwork for the dog and the shelter would decide if she got the dog back.

According to Martin, she has been told by the shelter that others are interested in the dog and she may not get it back.

Martin said she does not understand why it is so difficult to have her dog back.

“I am not trying to be mean, I am not trying to be dramatic, I am just trying to get my dog back,” said Martin.

Some shelter board members say that Martin should get her dog back.

However, Board Member Joan Allen said she has been involved at the shelter in this issue and says there is more to the story, calling parts of Martin’s story “untrue” at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Board Member Michelle Jamieson said she needs more information.

“See what the vet says, the shelter says, see what animal control has to come up with,” said Jamieson. “I cannot sit here and honestly tell you that I am on the shelter’s side or this person’s side because I don’t know all the facts.”

Shelter Board Chair Harold Andrews said they are still looking into the matter.