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Lawrence Co. closing animal shelter

Atchison is working to find homes for the more than 40 dogs still here by the time she closes the shelter. Atchison is working to find homes for the more than 40 dogs still here by the time she closes the shelter.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

For more than a decade, Carolyn Atchison has run the Lawrence County Animal Shelter on her property. That will soon change. County Commissioner Bobby Burch said the commission decided not to renew their contract with Atchison.

"They thought they could actually find a place that could take the dogs in cheaper than paying our contract," Atchison said.

Where that place will be is not clear. Burch said the commission is working to get a contract with someone by the end of August. That's when the contract with Atchison runs out, but she is not waiting until then.

"I said, 'Well, I've done this for them for this many years and they don't appreciate it. It's closing down. Once they're all cleared out, the doors will be closed and there will not be an animal shelter in Lawrence County anymore," she said.

Atchison is working to find homes for the more than 40 dogs still here by the time she closes the shelter, which she said will be by the end of the month.

"We were desperately trying to find people that would take the dogs that were here because we have a no-kill shelter with a lot of well to do full-blooded dogs," Atchison said.

Anyone who wants to know if their lost pet is at the shelter or who wants to adopt one can call (256) 476-1586. The shelter is located at 2056 County Road 161 in Moulton.

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