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Lawrence County Commission Closing Animal Shelter

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WZDX) For years, dozens upon dozens of abandoned animals were taken to the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.

Carolyn Atchison, the owner says, "I've been rescuing animals for 27 years. I've been rescuing lions and tigers as you see all over the place and that's what I do. Animals are my life."

Atchison is no stranger to giving animals a forever home. But, recently the Lawrence County Commission voted not to renew Atchison's contract for the dog shelter.

Atchison started the shelter on her own property over a decade ago. Since the county will no longer pay her, the animals aren't staying. Atchison claims the county didn't give her any notice of the non-renewal.

"So in 5 weeks they're out of it. I don't know what they're going to do because the county doesn't have a facility because there's not one," explains Atchison.

This week people from various animal shelters and rescue group in North Alabama have pitched in. They're taking some of the homeless dogs to find them a forever home.

There's still dozens of dogs left for adoption. County Commissioner Bobby Burch tells us there are other options on the table. However, so far there's no immediate plan for the long or short term.

If you wish to see the animals for adoption you can visit the Lawrence County Animal Shelter for the next 3-4 weeks. It's located at 2056 County Road 161 in Moulton.

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