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Shelter volunteers ask for support from Lauderdale Co.

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Shelter volunteers are asking for more involvement from the county. Shelter volunteers are asking for more involvement from the county.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Volunteers with the Florence-Lauderdale County Animal Shelter want the county commission to step up and pay for at least half of the day-to-day operating costs of the rescue, since more than half of the animals housed there come from the county.

The commission room was full of volunteers Tuesday morning, asking members for help. They said they just want the costs to be split fairly so they can continue running the no-kill shelter.

Volunteers were not able to be placed on the agenda, but after a conversation during the public comment section of the meeting, the commissioners agreed to meet with them to discuss their concerns.

Debbie Raphune and a handful of volunteers were given the chance to plead their case to the commission.

"I was wanting them to understand how much the city is giving and what they should give, since 76% of the animals come from the county," said Raphune.

During the meeting, Commissioners Faye Parker and Roger Garner expressed their concerns for the shelter. Garner will meet with the volunteers Saturday morning to evaluate the situation.

"I do support what they do and I sympathize with their problems, so hopefully we can do something to ease the pressure. At the end of the day it comes down to dollars and cents," said Garner.

"We're going to try to get this done because we can't do what we need to do without their help," said Raphune.

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