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No pets allowed in Marshall Co. storm shelters

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Service animals will be the only exception to new rules for storm shelters in the county. Service animals will be the only exception to new rules for storm shelters in the county.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

People who use public storm shelters in Marshall County will have new rules to follow in the future.

Officials in Marshall and DeKalb County are in agreement – pets seem to be a problem with regard to shelter capacity. Marshall County officials said the shelters are designed for people and that's all.

The Marshall County Commission put out their shelter no-list on Wednesday. On the list includes weapons of any kind, drugs or alcohol, smoking, and profanity. They are also restricting people to being allowed one small bag of provisions.

Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said service dogs for disabled people will be the only exemption with regard to pets in the shelters. He said pets can be a liability and stressed that shelters are designed for people.

"You've got some people that have a small lap dog; that's fine… then if you let that come in, then what about the person with the pit bull? You come into a liability factor, and if you've got eight or 10 people that show up with large dogs, they take up room," said Hutcheson.

The rules also include language that people should conduct themselves in a manner that will not interfere or cause problems with others while at the shelter.

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