Walker County

GAWalker County Animal Shelter
5488 North Marble Top Road
Chickamauga, Ga 30707

Letter sent to the commissioner from a former volunteer

Hello Commissioner

Hope you have been having a good New Year because I have not.  You continue to allow the animals at the shelter to be PTS when there is space and not giving rescues a chance to help. The rescue rate has dropped 20% in 9 months since Ms. Smith has been there.  She is killing 9 out of 10 animals and this was by her own words. 

There is no exposure for the animals to get adopted as she will not take pictures and put them on Petfinders, which you already have one there, just no pictures.  She is very hateful to people that call and to not answer the phone during shelter hours is not acceptable if you care about the animals lives. You care about your animals, I hope, but why don't you care about those at the shelter? 

Her decision on who she will put down is based on who comes out to greet her in the mornings.  This also came out of her own mouth, just like she stated that Curtis had been killing the cats either by hitting them against the wall or using a hammer since she has been there.  That was told to two of us by her.  Do you find this acceptable?  Do you find injection in the stomach acceptable?  Do you find putting an animal down, because you don't like them acceptable? Also, her animal records are not kept right nor straight. I am very upset about #94, a baby boxer mix.  She had him on her list to be put down.  I told her on Wednesday I would get him on Saturday before Christmas when I brought her other donations down.  Just 3 days and the shelter was closed. Please tell me what happened to him and don't say he was adopted out without proof.  I have his picture if you would like to see him.  He needed worming and I had given her the meds including the vaccines, so don't say he was sick either I would appreciate any answers you can give me or will give me. 

There has been a lot of letters and e-mails that have gone unanswered by you.  Are you going to continue to let this killing go on?  How can you sleep at night?  These animals have no voice to speak out for themselves, they are at the mercy of your new shelter manager.  The only time you hear them, is when they are injected and then they scream, when it is not done properly, sometimes for as long as 3 hours.  How would you feel if you were treated this way?

I have more to say, but will wait for your response on this e-mail. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.

Copies of the 2 letters from the commissioner stating no witnesses or there animals will not be harassed and also a tape from a recent witness.


To Whom It May Concern:

Walker County Commissioner and related departments will take no civil or criminal action against anyone who comes forward and makes truthful statements against a county department.

Bebe Heiskell

Walker County Commissioner


There will be no harassment or repercussions from any county personnel toward any person or said person's animals for stating truthful statements against a county department.  This said person or said person's animals will not be bothered in any way by the county personnel.

Bebe Heiskell
Walker County Commissioner

Contact for the commissioner is as follows: 706-638-1437 commissioner@co.walker.ga.us

Thank you for any help and support you can give.

Tapes from former workers on conditions they saw when they were there.

Warning: Graphic

Former employee

Recent employee

Recent employeeTape 2

Recent employee-Tape 3

Click on the controls to hear the tapes



In the new Walker County tape made by Michael, the former shelter employee, he mentions that Ronnie, an AC officer at Walker County shelter, is a really good guy. I just wanted to point out that he is the one who shot a dog at a restaurant in front of the customers. All the AC officers carry guns. It was a small dog and one guy asked Ronnie if he could help him catch it. Ronnie told him he could handle it. He put food out for the dog and when it came to eat he shot it in the side. The customer started screaming at him asking why he shot the dog and he said 'because the restaurant owner said to get rid of the dog any way he needed to. He didn't care if he shot it, but get it out of there.'. The dog was running screaming with blood going everywhere. Ronnie got the stick, looped the rope around it's neck, and threw the dog on his truck while it was still screamin in pain and said he would finish the job at the shelter. He was suspended for three days only after the customer came to the North Georgia Animal League meeting asking for help and went to the commissioner complaining. Had he not complained there would have been no punishment at all. This is how much the commissioner of Walker County cares about the animals of her county.

Name withheld.



This little tyke had a rescue

Allison was to hold as he was to be rescued.

When they went for him he was gone and she says she has no idea where he is. No one can seem to find out what happened to him.

Who to contact

County Commissioner

Bebe Heiskell

Walker County

PO Box 445

Lafayette, GA 30728




Tommy Irvin

Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner




Chamber of Commerce

Robyn Johnson,

Director of Tourism & Public Relations

at (706) 375-7702

e-mail robyn@walkercochamber.com


Local Legislators

State Rep. Jay Neal
Republican; represents District 1, which includes portions of Catoosa County and Chestnut Flat, LaFayette, Pond Springs, Peavine, Chickamauga and Fairview precincts in Walker County
Local mailing address: 813 Windy Trail, LaFayette, Ga., 30728
Local phone: (706) 638-6518
Capitol address: 401 Legislative Office Building, Atlanta, Ga. 30334
Capitol phone: (404) 656-0152Capitol fax: (404) 656-0250Email: jneal@legis.state.ga.us
Committees: Appropraitions; Children and Youth; Economic Development and Tourism;
Public Safety (vice chairman)


State Rep. Martin Scott
Republican; represents District 2, which includes Dade County and Wilson, Cane Creek, East Armuchee, West Armuchee, Daugherty, Kensington, Cedar Grove, Rossville, Mountain, Chattanooga Valley, Wallaceville and Fairyland precincts in Walker County
Local mailing address: P.O. Box 7, Rossville, Ga. 30741
Local phone: (706) 861-7045
Capitol address: 601 Legislative Office Building, Atlanta, Ga. 30334
Capitol phone: (404) 656-0263
Capitol fax: (404) 651-8086
Email address: mscott@legis.state.ga.us
Committees: Banks and Banking; Energy, Utilities and Telecommunication; Industrial Relations; Ways and Means (secretary)State Sen.


Jeff Mullis
Republican; represents District 53, which includes all or parts of Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga counties
Local mailing address: 519 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. 30707
Local phone: (706) 639-0499
Capitol address: 121 C State Capitol, Atlanta, Ga. 30334
Capitol phone: (404) 656-0057Capitol fax: (404) 463-4161
Email: jmullis@legis.state.ga.us
Committees: Economic Development and Tourism; Public Safety and Homeland Security (vice-chairman); Appropriations; Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Economic Development (chairman); State and Local Government; Transportation (chairman)


U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal
Republican; represents 10th District, which includes Walker County and all or parts of 14 other counties
Washington address: 2133 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515-1010
Washington phone: (202) 225-5211
Washington fax: (202) 225-8272
Local office address: 108 W. LaFayette Square, Suite 102, LaFayette, Ga., 30728
Local office phone: (706) 638-7042
Local office fax: (706) 638-7049Email: congressmandeal@mail.house.gov


U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Republican; represents the state of Georgia
Washington address:416 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Washington phone: (202) 224-3521
Washington fax: (202) 224-0103
State office address:100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340, Atlanta, GA 30339
State office phone: (770) 763-9090
State office fax: (770) 226-8633
Email form available at: www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/?id=197&lvl=C&chamber=S


U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson
Republican; represents the state of Georgia
Washington address: 4 F. Russell Courtyard, Washington D.C. 20510-1006
Washington phone: (202) 224-3643
Washington fax: (202) 228-0724
State office address: 1175 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30361
State office phone: (404) 347-2202
State office fax: (404) 347-2243


Local Media contacts:

11 Alive Valerie Hofs: v.hofs@11alive.com
WSB TV todd.tickel@wsb.com
FOX TV Randytravis@foxtv.com
Walker County Messanger: 706-638-1859 Nathin Frick


Atlanta Business Chronical
Website: www.bizjournals.com/atlanta
Phone: (404) 249-1000
Fax: (404) 249-1048
Address: 1801 Peachtree St, Ste 150 Atlanta, GA 30309


Website: www.ajc.com
Phone: (404) 526-5151
Fax: (404) 526-5610
Address: 72 Marietta St NW Atlanta, GA 30303-


CNN Website: www.cnn.com
Phone: (404) 827-1500
Fax: (404) 878-0891
Address: One CNN Center, PO Box 105366 Atlanta, GA 30348-


Website: newsource.cnn.com
Phone: (404) 827-2659
Fax: (404) 588-2116
Address: One CNN Center Atlanta, GA 30348-


WGCL CBSWebsite: www.wgcltv.com
Phone: (404) 325-4646
Fax: (404) 327-3004
Address: 425 14th St NW Atlanta, GA 30318


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Pictures of dogs PTS needlessly!!!!!!!!



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