Dale County Residents Complain About Stray Animals

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

As officials in Dothan continue to try to find a happy medium with the animal ordinance, a neighboring city is trying to just keep them off the streets.

Cora Macko says she enjoys taking jogs around her neighborhood.

Unfortunately, at times, she's not the only one running the streets.

"Every now and then I'll go jogging or walking in the neighborhood and I'll see some dogs or something that I've never seen before and it kinda’ scares me," Macko says.

Macko says she's seen stray animals roaming the streets in Ozark.

However, she says it’s worse in other areas. "It's not so bad within the city limits, but once you start going outside the city limits, you see more and more stray dogs and stray cats."

Ozark Police have been receiving complaints about stray animals.

Ozark has an animal control agency, but the rural areas outside the city don't.

Ozark Police Dept. Lt. Booby Blankenship said, "I think if the county was able to put more into their animal control it might be better for them. Ss far as the people responding to them, we do try to help out as we can."

Lt. Blankenship says the county currently does not have animal control.

However, he says it could help reduce the number of animals on the streets if it were implemented.

"It would help alleviate some of the extra animal problems we have, yes, just for the pure fact that their animals do not have to come here," Lt. Blankenship added.

And, that's something that would make Macko, and others feel more at ease.

Officials say though there is not a county animal control, the city helps whenever there is a need outside the city limits.


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