Dale Commission approves animal shelter’s request

MICHELLE MANN

OZARK — A request for additional funding for the city-run Ozark Animal Shelter was unanimously approved at the Dale County Commission meeting on Tuesday.

The commission approved a request from Ozark Police Chief Charles Ward, who asked the commission at the Sept. 13 meeting to consider increasing the amount the county donates to the animal shelter without an update. death located at 1315 Parker Dr. in Ozark from $50,000 per year to $75,000. a year.

It is the county’s legal responsibility to keep animal shelter services open to county municipalities with populations under 5,000, Dale County Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon told the commission during the hearing. previous meeting.

The Ozark Animal Shelter, a division of the Ozark Police Department, is a no-kill shelter for cats, dogs, and other animals. Total operating costs per year are about $250,000, Ward said. “That includes salaries, cars, pet food, vet bills and insurance costs.” That figure does not include repairs to the facility, he said.

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The shelter can hold a maximum of 48 dogs and 25 cats, Ward said, adding that the shelter is coordinating with other no-kill shelters and animal rights groups in other parts of the country to rehouse the animals. .

Ward said staff accept animals brought to the shelter, and if the Dale County Sheriff’s Office requests an animal to be picked up outside of city police jurisdiction, shelter staff will do so. “I told my people that if the sheriff’s department calls, there’s no question whether we’ll even go to the county and get the animal back,” he said.

In other matters, the commission decided to file a nomination for the Ozark-Dale County Library Board to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of longtime board member Marie Black. The library did not make a recommendation to fill the position and asked the commission to help it do so.

The next meeting of the Dale County Commission will be October 11 at the Dale County Government Building in Ozark. A working session begins at 10 a.m. and is immediately followed by a voting meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.