Decatur Animal Services Reduction: “We’ve Made Progress.”

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s been almost one month since Mayor Don Kyle requested numbers to be reduced at Decatur Animal Services. However, the Mayor isn’t really imposing a strict deadline. He just wants to get the ball rolling, and fast.

“The numbers change every day.” said Mayor Kyle. “I’ve been getting a report almost every day this month.” Kyle told WHNT News 19 that progress has been made at animal services. However, they still have a long way to go.  “We’ve had a lot of effort and a lot of exposure to new adoptions, new homes.”

Kyle said as far as the timeline goes, he simply meant to get it started. “I never really put a definite number on the deadline,” said Kyle. “The deadline was primarily to stir things up quickly and get something done quickly.”

The number of animals is down, but Kyle said the changes are only just beginning. “I don’t think we’re where we need to be yet,” he said. ‘We still have work to do. It’s going to be a constant battle to manage the numbers and take care of business the way it needs to be taken care of.”

Mayor Kyle said his main concern is the health of the animals and the staff who works there. “I think it’s much more humane to have clean healthy conditions for a few less animals, than to have so many animals we can’t keep it clean and healthy.”

Decatur Animal Services has around 130 animals for adoption. More than 100 cats and around 20 dogs still are looking for homes. If you can’t adopt a pet, consider a donation. Decatur Animal Services can always use cleaning products for the facility and food for the animals.

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