LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - As the turmoil surrounding the Lawrence County animal shelter continues, there is a happy update from the ASPCA on Saturday.
Organization spokesman Tim Rickey says four dogs rescued from the shelter have been reunited with their families over the past two days. Rickey says more dogs are likely to go home to their owners on Sunday.
If you believe you have an animal at the shelter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 300 animals were seized from the Rescue Shelter of Lawrence County during a Moulton police and ASPCA investigation into the shelter's owner, Bobbie Taylor. That investigation began after accusations of animal abuse against Taylor. Police served a search warrant on June 29 and spent several days on her property investigating.
Dozens of people showed up Friday for a Lawrence County commission meeting where commissioners discussed the county's animal services dilemma.
Commissioner Bobby Burch pushed for a county-run animal shelter instead of contracting the services out, as has been done in the past. Because of budget issues, Burch suggested looking at fund raising and grant money as a way to get it done. He introduced a motion to set up an account for donations that commissioners passed unanimously.
"We need to have our own shelter. You cannot contract out your obligations and responsibilities. This is our problem. It need to be our solution," Burch said.
The committee agreed that the county would continue taking animals to the Morgan County Animal Shelter for the time being. The Lawrence County pays Morgan County $20 per animal for their services.
During the meeting, the public was allowed to make comments about the shelter situation. A few people supported Taylor, but the majority of those who spoke were not on her side.
Norma Rawlings, a Hillsboro resident, cried as she told the commission she went to Taylor's shelter seven times looking for her missing Doberman, Milo. She said each time, she was not allowed to go inside to look for Milo. Rawlings said Taylor told her the dog wasn't there. However, Rawlings said during the investigation last week, Taylor's employees told her that the dog had indeed been there, but had been sent off.
During that interview, Taylor declined more media at the advice of her attorney, but did say she's ready to defend herself against the accusations. Taylor said the truth is on her side, and that truth with be revealed soon.
She did not elaborate, but she did talk more about her side of this, as investigators spent six days executing a search warrant at the shelter.
Taylor said then that she never abused or neglected animals, that sick dogs and cats found there were sick when she took them in, and that she had them treated by a veterinarian.
She also said her animal services contract with the county mandated she could not refuse any animals, which is why so many were there.
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