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Lawrence Co. Commission votes for local shelter over ex-animal control director

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The former Lawrence County animal control officer will not house animals for the county.

During an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning, the county commission voted 3-2 to renew a contract to continue using Changing 42 Animal Rescue to shelter animals at a cost of $20 per animal.

Their option voted down would have sent the animals to be housed by former animal control director Bobbie Taylor at the same $20 cost. Taylor was relieved of her post in her pending circuit court case for animal cruelty charges. Taylor faces several counts after authorities say she kept them in overcrowded spaces at her home and malnourished them.

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Two commissioners voted to let Taylor house animals again in a privately owned animal shelter that she would establish.

Interim county administrator Heather Dyar said this would not have reinstated Taylor as the animal control officer. That position is taken by Kim Carpenter.

One of the commissioners said during the vote that "to even think about renegotiating a contract with her is shameful.  We may be financially strapped but let's not lose our pride on this."

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The initial vote on Tuesday was a 2-2 tie. Commissioner Bobby Burch was out sick then and returned Wednesday to cast the tie-breaking vote for Changing 42.

A commissioner voting against Changing 42 said it was because of the shelter's previous lawsuits.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which investigated Taylor, released the following statement on Tuesday after the tie:

The ASPCA is deeply concerned to learn that the Lawrence County Commission is considering a vote at 9am tomorrow morning to put animals back under the care of former Lawrence County Shelter director Bobbie Taylor, who is facing numerous animal cruelty charges. Taylor was arrested and charged last June following the seizure of more than 300 animals at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter she operated out of her home. The ASPCA and Moulton Police Department witnessed the suffering first hand, discovering many emaciated, severely injured and sick animals on her property, as well as deceased animals. It is a violation of the community’s trust to consider subjecting animals to the care of an individual currently facing 15 animal cruelty charges stemming from alleged animal abuse.

We urge the residents of Lawrence County to contact the County commissioners immediately and demand that they protect the county’s animals and vote against reinstating Bobbie Taylor.

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