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Lawrence County shelter confirms they are not euthanizing animals

Lawrence County commissioner, Bobby Burch, said they are not ready to open the shelter to the public yet.

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 7:20 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 4:25 PM

WAAY 31 is learning more about the new animal shelter in Lawrence County. This week emails came into the newsroom about dogs being euthanized at the shelter that is not even open to the public yet.

Commissioner Bobby Burch said they are not euthanizing any animals, because they don't even have the equipment or the staff to do that.

Dogs at the future Lawrence County Animal Shelter are sitting in cages outside the shelter in a pavilion. The shelter has been under construction for months and the county commissioner, Bobby Burch, said they're behind schedule.

"There's not really a timetable. It should be soon. We will be open to the public," said Burch.

Burch wouldn't let the media inside the facility, but said the cats are housed there. He said they're currently focused on building some temporary walls around the pavilion so the dogs get some protection. However, he said he wants the public to know one thing.

"What we are trying to do is establish a relationship with non-profit organization rescue groups and encouraging them to come by," Burch said.

That's because in July, the county's contract with Changing 42 animal rescue expired. The county is using a $90,000 grant to pay for the building, but operation costs aren't in the budget until the end of the month.

"Any dog that wants to be rescued or adopted or fostered out, we'll be glad to help. So far, we haven't had to put any down and I hope we don't have to," Burch said.

There are 24 kennels at the shelter. 3 cats and around 26 dogs are there. As for the delays and why this shelter isn't complete yet, Burch said it's all about one thing: money.

If a dog hasn't been claimed in 7 days, it becomes the property of Lawrence County.

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