County citizens need to act to help animals

Published 8:21 pm Sunday, August 10, 2008

I am writing in response to the news article about the 80 dogs found at a Calera home.

A few years ago, as the Shelby County Animal Control Officer, we did the same thing, at the same place, with the same people, with the same results. It will happen again.

Those 20 dogs taken to the Humane Society are not guaranteed life. If they live, 20 more may die to give up space.

Good intentions do not make this situation right. Hoarding and collecting animals is wrong. The officers did the right thing.

In Shelby County, unless there is neglect or cruelty, you may have a million dogs and cats. The county has the ability to enact ordinances to address this. The people of Shelby County can, under the Alabama Limited Self-Govern Act Code of Alabama Section 11-3A-1, ask their commission to act.

This story, like all others, does not end when the animals are taken to the humane society.

Despite exceptional efforts to save them thousands are killed for lack of space each year due to irresponsible dog and cat owners. It will keep happening without change.