LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Lee County residents are speaking with county commissioners about animal control concerns.
"One of the issues is that its difficult for people to find their lost pets because the pets are going to two different places, so that's a difficult. There evidently has been some difficulty with the release of pets to go to other shelters," said District 1 Lee County Commissioner Sheila Eckman.
In 2013, Lee County ended its contract with the Lee County Humane Society to take in the strays of the county and instead began partnering with the Animal Health Center and the Opelika Animal Hospital.
"So when they lose a pet they think, 'Oh I can contact the Lee County Humane society.' Well that's only true if you live in a town, Opelika, Auburn, Smiths Station. If you're in the county then you have to contact Lee County," said Eckman.
Now Lee County residents want a task force to provide more organization and clarity.
"We would like to see a website that lists all of the animals that are available as they're impounded, where they were impounded, the date and also when their stray hold is up. They have a state mandate to hold stray animals for seven days," said Owner of Pawsitive Results Dog Training Karlene Turkington. "There also is a problem with really inconsistent fees. Some people that have tried to reclaim their pets from one of the veterinarians have been presented with a bill of hundreds of dollars, and so we'd like to see some consistency in the fees charged to owners to reclaim their animals once they find them."
The commission plans to discuss the issue further at the next meeting.