MT CLEMENS, Mich. -

The Macomb County Animal Shelter is looking to make a smooth transition into 2013 by focusing on new ways to approach the care and safety of animals.

County Executive Mark Hackel unveiled a new Make Macomb Your Home logo for animals during an event.

In the past, the shelter was accused of having a high death rate.

In 2009 the shelter euthanized 2,909 animals and was only able to save 29.85 percent of dogs and cats in the shelter, according to Mlive.com.

Hackel promised change on Wednesday for the many unwanted animals in the county.

Some 30 animal rights and rescue groups attended the announcement

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As pert of the commitment Jeffery Randazzo was named as the new animal care and control manager for the shelter.

"I am confident that Jeff has the experience and passion to guide the shelter as it outlines and implements new goals for 2013," said Hackel. "Animal health and welfare is important. We want not only our residents to make Macomb their home, but also our animal companions too."

Randazzo has been working for the city of Sterling Heights as an animal control officer since September 2007.

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In 2000, Randazzo graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Equine Science & Livestock Management.

He worked for a variety of other animal care agencies including the Michigan Humane Society and Oakland County Animal Control.

"Jeff is very knowledgeable in his field and well-respected throughout the County for his proactive approach to taking care of animals," said Bill Ridella, the Macomb County health department director


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