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County solves issues with stray animals

Members of the Animal Tails Rescue group care for animals dropped off at the facilty, but the group currently does not have a legitimate place to house strays brought to their doors.

Members of the Animal Tails Rescue group care for animals dropped off at the facilty, but the group currently does not have a legitimate place to house strays brought to their doors.

By: Shayla Terry

Crenshaw County officials have once and for all resolved their issues with the stray animal population.

The Crenshaw County Commission has finalized its plans with Animal Tails Rescue to be the in-take facility for the county’s strays.

“We really hope that this deal is going to help us get our heads around how many strays we deal with annually in Crenshaw County,” County Commission Chairman Charlie Sankey, Jr. said.

“This will help us proceed in getting a more accurate budget.”

In order for Animal Tails Rescue to take in a stray animal, the commissioner of the district will have to approve the drop-off of the animal.

“It has to be pre-approved by your commissioner because if they think it’s your personal dog, they can’t be brought in,” Animal Tails Rescue Director Kim Kent said.

“The commissioner has to notify us that it has been approved before you bring it in.”

The Cities of Luverne and Rutledge have also made agreements with Animal Tails to take in its stray animals. There is no pre-approved process for city strays.

“We have unwanted dogs and cats on the streets,” Luverne Mayor Ed Beasley said.

“We decided to take part, and see that they are dealt with humanely.”

Beasley said it would be great if other cities in the county would take part in the rescue efforts.

“We’d like everyone to join forces, if it’s affordable, and fill a need for their citizens and unwanted animals,” he said.

Currently, Animal Tails is housing over 50 animals. Kent says the need for expansion is upon them.

“In December and November we took in an average of 30 dogs per month,” she said.

“We really need a new fence, and we’re always taking volunteers.”

Animal Tails has a donation station for puppy food in Super Foods Depot in Luverne.

“We need puppy food donations always, so feel free to donate there,” Kent said.

Animal Tails Rescue does not participate in euthanasia. Adoptions are available at the facility for a fee, and pending approval of potential owners.

For donations or volunteering, visit Animal Tails at 408 Lee Street in Luverne.