The dogs are gone, the shelter is closed, and the animal control officer, Lakado Bryant, is now working for the
Renee Stringer and other members of the
Stringer says the allotted amount for this fiscal year is about 44,000 dollars.
The town has actually spent 67 thousand putting them in the red for almost 23 thousand dollars.
Renee Stringer says, "My colleague asked for the key. The mayor denied us that. He says we can't have access to the pound."It all centers around the recent alleged poisoning of a dog and the arrest of animal control officer Lakado Bryant who is accused of the crime.
The entire situation has town leaders divided.
Here’s a clip of a taped conversation between Mayor Leslie Thompson and Alderman Randy Layfield during Monday night’s public meeting.
Layfield says, "I would like to suspend the operations of an animal control department completely. Therefore, you don’t have any access money we can move."
Mayor Thompson says, "You're going to get crucified out there in public."
Layfield says, "I have already talked to individuals who are willing to take the responsibility of cleaning and feeding the animals. Ms. Stringer and myself as well. We will buy the dog food to take care of the animals."
Meantime, the female stray, who some people say the pound has been trying to catch for a year, is often found hanging out in Neatherland’s yard.He feels the shelter’s closing was needed.
Neatherland says, "If they're not going to get where they can take care of them they need to be closed that's how I feel about it."
Nadia Thompson says, "Neighbors next door aren't being cooperative."Thompson lives next door to Neatherland.
She doesn’t want the dog on her street. When asking her opinion about the town losing the pound?
Thompson says, "It’s sad. Stray dogs in our community. They aren’t being taken care of, they’re still out and about."