Adoption event for animals rescued from Lawrence County shelter

Published: Jul. 18, 2015 at 3:56 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2015 at 3:56 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - ASPCA has organized an adoption event for the hundreds of animals rescued from the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.

The event will take place on July 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m on 14934 Highway 20 in Hillsboro

Potential adopters will need to bring one government-issued photo ID, such as a drivers license, passport, military ID, or non drivers ID, proof of address and if possible a pet transfer crate.

All adoption fees will be waived. The ASPCA will ensure that all pets will be spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated free of charge. They will also have members of the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior and Veterinary teams on-site to answer any questions about animals' temperaments and medical history.

These animals were rescued from the Lawrence County Animal Shelter on June 30 and transported to a temporary shelter, where they have been receiving medical treatment. The animals were living in deplorable conditions and suffering from neglect and many other medical issues.

The Lawrence County Commission terminated its contract with the animal shelter after a complaint was filed by a shelter volunteer. Bobbie Taylor, Lawrence County Animal Shelter director, was arrested and charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty.

"ASPCA responders have managed the sheltering, medical treatment and behavior enrichment of these animals removed from the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at Lawrence County Animal Shelter for the past several weeks," said Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response team. "Pet owners have had a chance to visit our temporary shelter to look for their lost pets, and we have reunited several animals with their owners. Now our top priority is to help all the remaining animals find good homes. We are hoping that not only the local community, but those as far as Birmingham and Nashville will come to the event and open their home to one of these many deserving animals."

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