Ex-Animal Control Worker Feels VanDeWalker's Pain
Wednesday marks two days since Van VanDeWalker resigned from the animal shelter. Jim Rickman, ex-animal control worker is now speaking out about his experience at the shelter and believes it's a reason VanDeWalker quit.
"It was an everyday routine, five days a week," said Rickman.
During his time there, Rickman said he would euthanize nearly 200 animals per week.
"In heavier months, we would do anywhere from 30 to 40 (animals), each and every day," said Rickman.
The shelter began using lethal injection because the use of the gas chamber was too inhumane to the animals.
"They're trying to lick you in your face, they're tales are wagging and you're about to take their life," said Rickman.
It would became to much for him to handle.
"It was very stressful, it created problems for me," said Rickman. Eventually I had to resign from the position because I couldn't keep doing it."
Since then, the shelter has become a low kill shelter. But with the new open door policy, the shelter will quickly reach capacity.
"So what will they do with all the other animals?" asked Rickman.
Answering his own question he stated that the shelter will have no choice but to increase the rate at which animals are laid down. Which went against everything Van VanDeWalker stood for.
"I don't ever see him(VanDeWalker) going back and killing all them animals," said Rickman.
A sentiment VanDeWalker shared with NewsCentral Tuesday night.
"I was told that it is not going to be a low kill facility," said VanDeWalker. "That's just against everything I stand for, and that's a big reason why I resigned from my position."
"I don't know who's there, what their qualifications are, but I know officer VanDeWalker had the qualifications to become a fantastic director," said Rickman.
During Tuesday night's Bibb County Commissioner's meeting, it was decided that there would not be any euthanasias Wednesday.
But Bibb County Public Affairs Officer, Steve Barrere, did confirm that four dogs were killed Wednesday. Barrere said two dogs had mange and the others were aggressive pit bulls, none of the animals were adoptable.