- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter has made improvements in recent months but still has a long ways to go, according to local animal advocates.

A task force, formed recently by Tuscaloosa County and the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, met on Monday to discuss ways of improving the shelter’s operation.

Reducing the number of animals that are euthanized is one of the goals the task force is exploring.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (https://bit.ly/1pcHnrg) that most of the animals received in 2012 and 2013— about 65 percent — were killed.

Concern about the shelter’s operation arose in 2013, after officials from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said kennels were not regularly cleaned, leaving animals to walk in their own excrement.

County Commissioners Reginald Murray and Stan Acker, Northport Councilmen Rodney Sullivan and Jay Logan and Tuscaloosa Councilmen Kip Tyner and Eddie Pugh are considering forming an authority organization to make decisions guiding the shelter’s operations.

Tyner said the city is studying whether establishing that type of organization would require approval from state lawmakers. Advocates seemed to support the idea of creating an authority organization to lead the shelter.

“There needs to be more oversight, more accountability and some kind of transparency,” said Thomas Sahm, former board member of the Alabama chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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