Animal Control continues to be one of the hottest topics of debate across Southeast Alabama; one of the best in Florida and the nation in handling its stray and abandoned dogs and cats.
Jon Dalton is one of three full time and four part time Animal Control officers in Walton County. Last year, the team handled nearly 5000 complaints, and picked-up 2500 animals.
Recently, Walton County received several top state awards in handling stray animals. Each animal picked-up is checked for an owner's computer chip.
"Many of the animals will not be adopted, but some will and that's good,” Dalton said. “We all here try to do our best to find them homes. It’s a labor of love."
Lois Marlow is Walton County's Animal Control supervisor. She says her staff all has a love for animals, and the key to success is treating them as humanely as possible. "The important thing is to have a strong ordinance on the books,” she says. “That helps keep us able to stay ahead of many of the problems associated with the stray dogs."
Marlow stresses that a county or city must have a strong ordinance on the books for Animal Control to be adequately maintained.
A picture of each animal picked-up by the Walton County Animal Control Office is placed on the county's website: www.co.walton.fl.us.