Advocates Say Shelter Dogs Left In The Cold, City Makes Changes

Chowchilla's top cop admits improvements need to be made to the city's animal shelter.

But hopes through volunteer meetings like the one that took place Wednesday night{}videos showing dogs left out in the cold{}that were posted on the City of Chowchilla's Facebook page will be a thing of the past.

Chowchilla Police Chief Jay Varney says, "What we are trying to do is get a volunteer group through Friends of Madera Animal Shelter and we're all on the same page and we're working moving forward. The pace will be determined at what we accomplish and some people won't be happy with how fast or slow we move."

Wednesday night, a volunteer meeting was held and everyone was told if they want to be a volunteer, they have to fill out paperwork all over again and must go through a screening process.

Chief Varney says the allegations that the city doesn't care about its animals is completely false. The Chief says he's dealing with a facility more than 50 years old. His officers have put up boards during the cold weather, placed portable heaters and blankets for the dogs. He says he's doing all he can with what he has.

Chief Varney says "We're basically still in a rebuilding stage from the 2009 recession, so were not staffed the way we could be."

Chief Varney says he has a propane heating unit on order and that from now on the dogs will be kept indoors on extremely cold and hot days.

If becoming a volunteer is not in your future, but you would like to help the Chowchilla Animal Shelter with blankets, dog beds, detergent, and treats, you can contact the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter.

The address is P.O. Box 923, Madera, California 93639.

The phone number is (559) 363-5106.