CALHOUN COUNTY AL - SHELTERS HAVE REACHED CAPACITY AND WORKERS CAN CALL AROUND TO TRY AND PLACE ANIMALS BUT HAVE "NO SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO DO WITH STRAY AGGRESSIVE BREEDS"
Friday, October 5th 2018 - Stray animals running around Calhoun County are causing concern. Some animal shelters in the area say they are out of space. "I don't think people realize how many animals there are here that people don't want anymore," Paula Meadors, Director of the League for Animal Welfare said.
Meadors has seen the impact of stray animals firsthand. "We receive probably seven calls average a day about stray animals, dogs and cats," Meadors said. People desperate to get rid of their animals sometimes abandon them.
"You know there's not a lot of strays where I live," Chelsea Shaddix, an Oxford mother said. Shaddix says she sometimes worries about potentially aggressive animals coming too close." There's people that will just leave their animals out and they'll get pregnant," Shaddix explained, "and a lot of people don't want like mixed breeds or they just don't even try to do anything with them."
When stray animals get caught, they sometimes end up at shelters, like the League for Animal Welfare in Anniston. "The biggest county shelter is full. The smaller county shelter is full and we are full," Meadors said. "I've already had two people here today. One to give us a dog and one to give us a newborn kitten."
Meadors says opening up more shelters won't help. Instead, she encourages people to spay and neuter their animals. "It's very important to help the pet population in this area," Meadors said. "It's overwhelming, the amount of uncared-for animals."
According to state law, an aggravated cruelty to animals offense can be a class C felony. The League for Animal Welfare is hosting a roadblock/yard sale on Saturday, October 13th to raise money to keep the shelter open. The event is taking place on the corner of Glade Road and Lenlock Lane, near the Sonic - Drive In.