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Bay County Commission To Consider Animal Control Policy

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Bay County commissioners will once again focus their attention on animal control at their Tuesday meeting.

The animal shelter has come under fire in recent months and county leaders are putting new policies in place to improve operations.  Their intent is to increase the number of adoptions and reduce the number of animals being euthanized.

Commissioners will consider a proposal to cut red tape by cutting themselves out of the process.  They are expected to decide whether to delegate authority to approve changes to the animal adoption contract to the county manager instead of bringing every proposed change back to the board.

"This would give the county manager the leeway to make changes as he sees fit," said Valerie Sale, Public Information Officer.  "We've been working very hard to make the necessary improvements that we need to make out there… and so this is a step in that direction."

Commissioners will also consider a staff recommendation to establish a restricted account for all animal control fees, fines and donations so the funds can only be used for the agency's purposes.  Under current policy, those monies are placed into the General Fund.

The board meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the commission chamber at the Government Center.