Lawrence County Tries to Find Solution to Animal Problem

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Animal control has been a hot topic in Lawrence County for months.  Residents say the county has been overrun by animals.

For many residents, like Bobbie Taylor, all they want to do is help find a solution and help the county.

“I don’t know their finances. But I do think that state laws of Alabama should be enforced. I think they should find the funds and set aside the funds to enforce the laws that are on the books,” said Taylor.

Taylor has helped shelter dogs and cats for months now.  She says the county pays her but it’s not much.

Some people say animal control has been anything but under control. There’s only one animal control officer to cover the entire county and after Tuesday’s commission meeting, he has a new rule to follow.

“He just can’t come up and pick up a dog if that dog belongs to a citizen. He can only pick up stray dogs and cats,” said Commissioner Moses Jones Junior.

Jones says this is just part of the county’s solution. Another part of that solution is building an animal shelter after they review the budget.

Taylor hopes that becomes a reality.

“I think Lawrence County citizens need to be aware of what’s going on and get involved and seeing that we get a good shelter built,” said Taylor.

The commission will review its annual budget in October.



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