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Terrell County is without animal control

January 27, 2004

Albany- Buddy's life is a lot better than it used to be.

He's a Rotweiller a Terrell County deputy sheriff confiscated because he was being neglected. Buddy was placed into the care of the Humane Society of Terrell County, a volunteer group.

"A dog like that should weigh anywhere from 90 to 130 pounds," said Patti Greene with the Terrell County group. "He weighed about 85 pounds."

That's the closest thing to animal control in the area for a while. The dog kennels Terrell County used to use are empty. That's a clear sign that the county is out of the animal control business. So any strays in the area are unlikely to end up in the abandoned animal traps.

And it's been that way since the county's contract with Albany Humane Society expired last June. Green's humane society group is a non kill organization. They foster animals, like Tucker and Bo, until they find them homes. Greene gets called constantly about the animal control problem.

"Call your county commissioner," she said. "I don't have an answer for you."

But the problems don't stop there. By not providing animal control, Terrell County may be breaching a contract with the city of Dawson. There are two contracts that say Terrell County will provide the City of Dawson animal control at least two days per week. So far, the problem hasn't been solved, but ultimately Dawson could take legal action.

"The city has not gotten that far," said Tommy Coleman, the city attorney for Dawson. "We have not contemplated, at this point, any litigation about it, but would rather work it out."

Until then, these kennels will stay empty. But the humane society of Terrell County would like to be part of the solution to helping with strays.

"Or getting them a decent place to kennel them, while we try to find them homes," Greene said. "We'd do everything we could to help them."

So that dogs like Buddy find better homes and better lives.

posted at 11:05 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com