TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)— Calling for change. Protesters demand answers from county leaders about what they call “deplorable” conditions at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter—but shelter officials say the allegations aren’t true.

Meghan McCorkell has reaction from leaders.

Protesters are now calling for an independent commission to look into conditions at the shelter.

There’s a sea of signs protesting conditions at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter.

“It’s a horrible situation. It’s a medieval situation in the 21st century,” said protester Anne George.

The group accuses the shelter of neglect, poor veterinary care and a high animal kill rate.

“It’s supposed to be a safe place for them, not a death camp,” said protester Judy Rosoff.

But during a tour of the facility earlier this month, County Health Director Dr. Gregory Branch told WJZ the allegations aren’t true.

“We’re all on the same page. We all want what’s best for the animals,” Branch said.

He says the shelter has expanded hours and hired two new veterinarians.

While some changes have been made at the shelter, protesters say it’s just not enough.

“One option for this county council at this time would be to appoint an independent commission to investigate these complaints and report back to the county council,” said attorney Howard Hoffman.

Council Chair Cathy Bevins says she’s open to a commission. She went to the shelter to investigate herself.

“I didn’t see some of the things they were talking about but then again, I wasn’t behind closed doors,” she said.

The county will open a new $5 million shelter next year, but advocates say that won’t help if management doesn’t change.

“Without lifesaving policy changes, the new shelter is just going to be a beautiful place for the animals to die,” said protester Lynn Greene.

They hope their actions save lives.

Shelter officials say their euthanasia rates are going down.

Advocates are calling on the shelter to immediately post pictures of lost animals so owners can claim them quickly.

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