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      Some Tuscaloosa County commissioners may push for animal shelter changes

      abc3340.com

      {}{}{}{} Tuscaloosa's Metro Animal Shelter reopened this week after being closed two months for renovation.{} But at least two county commissioners --Hardy McCullom and Reginald Murray-- say for months they've received complaints about the shelter refusing accept strays from the public.{} "That there have been times when there's no one to even take in the animals.{} We just need to make sure after all we pay a lot to have that service," said McCullom.

      {}{}{}{} However, shelter workers tell ABC 33/40 its the first time they've heard an official complaint from anyone.

      {}{}{}{} A manager at the shelter, Jennifer Earp says she{}believes the confusion began during the renovation process.{}{} They did close to the public but people were taking animals they found to animal control.{} However, control officers had been asked to limit the number of animals they bring in because of a lack of space at the time.

      {}{}{}{} "It was hard because they were having a lot of animals they needed to bring in.{} But, we only had so many cages and it just like we had to do with the public but we can't turn away animal control, " said Earp.

      {}{}{}{} Despite that explanation -- McCullom says some county leaders plan to meet with members of the shelter's operating board soon to see whether the shelter is operating at its fullest potential.

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