More than 300 animals being treated at emergency shelter

More than 300 animals being treated at emergency shelter
ASPCA officials say there are more than 300 animals at the shelter. (Source: WAFF)
ASPCA officials say there are more than 300 animals at the shelter. (Source: WAFF)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) plans to stay and care for more than 300 animals at its emergency shelter in Lawrence County for up to 30 days.

Last week, the ASPCA removed the animals from the Lawrence County animal shelter run by Bobbie Taylor in response to abuse complaints. The animals were then moved to this temporary shelter.

The location of that shelter, which is at a private business, is not being released so ASPCA workers can care for the animals without interruption.

There are 28 ASPCA workers at the shelter caring for the animals, including medical personnel.

Officials say soon they will be begin to find a home for the animals.

"The next phase will be bringing in our behavior team to develop an enrichment and socialization program that really helps us learn more about the animal behavior," said ASPCA spokesman Tim Rickey. "It's helpful in placing the animals, but also gives them the enrichment they need."

Rickey said they are already seeing improvements in the cases needing medical treatment, which they say is a huge encouragement to those putting in the effort towards making the animals healthy again.

Officials are asking the public for donations of puppy pads and pine shavings for the animals. Water and Gatorade for workers is also needed. Donations can be dropped off at the Moulton Police Department, located at 720 Seminary Street in Moulton.

If you think you may have a pet at the emergency shelter, you should email aspca_animal_rescue@aspca.org.

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