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Overcrowding Forces Crack Down At Warren Co. Animal Shelter

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by Emily Luxen

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. - In an effort to crack down on overcrowding problems, Warren County Animal Control in McMinnville said it would no longer accept owner surrender animals.

Director Kim Pettrey said lately more people have been dropping off unwanted animals at the facility. The result has been crowded cages and employees working overtime to care for them.

In an effort to reverse the troubling trend, Pettrey turned to Warren County Commissioners for help. The County Health and Welfare committee voted this week to temporarily change the policy, so Animal Control wouldn't have to accept the animals.

"When people just want to turn their dogs in because they don't want them anymore that's not our job, and it should be the owners job to find a new home for that dog," said Sally Brock, Warren County Commissioner.

Pettrey said Animal Control was not a shelter, and their primary responsibility has been to pick up stray or aggressive animals.

"We want to keep the county safe," said Pettrey. "Our first responsibility is protecting residents."

While Pettrey was optimistic the change would help alleviate overcrowding and strained resources, she said a more permanent solution would only come if pet owners were more responsible.

"It's simple," said Pettrey. "Please spay and neuter your pets so we don't have all these unwanted animals."

The policy change has been temporary until the entire Warren County Commission approves the change. That vote would likely take place at the October meeting.

Animals can be adopted at Warren County Animal Control Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There is an adoption fee of $85 for dogs and $65 for cats.

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