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County to take control from Humane Society

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – Thomas County leaders are scrambling to figure out how to take over animal control duties. They just formed a committee to come up with a plan. The Humane Society has handled the work for 17 years. 

That group says the county no longer pays enough for them to do the job. The county has until April to get their own animal control department up and running. 

In five short months, Thomas County will take over animal control duties from its Humane Society. "We do not want to do it. It is not one of those things that we cherish taking on," said Thomas County Commission Vice-Chairman Elaine Mays.

Humane Society officials say they can longer keep up with the cost of animal control responsibilities on the budget provided by the county. Something they say county officials will soon find out for themselves.

"Cost-wise, we're just starting to look at that. We don't know how much we need to have because we don't know all of the requirements yet."

This truck is an example of one of the many expenses the Humane Society says it can't afford. Luckily, it was given to them as a donation earlier this year. But the county is starting their animal control business from scratch.

"We have to have a building, we have to have animal control officers, we have to have someone in the building taking care of records and we have to have equipment. it's new territory. It's just something that we have to do."

The Humane Society says it will work with the county's new animal control committee to get their operation up and running. But commissioners are still hoping a compromise will be made.

"They certainly know the business better than we do. But if it has to be done, the county can do it. Our county does things very very well in every thing we tackle. There's always a few bumps in the road. But we work hard to make sure our community is taken care of. We do not want this to be adversarial at all. Our main concern is the welfare of the animals."

Animals the county will soon be responsible for. The new animal control committee will hold its first session, which is open to the public, Tuesday morning at 9:00 at the Thomas County Public Library.

Representatives from Thomas County Humane Society will also be at that meeting.

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