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Decatur Animal Services working for compromise with city

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Director Carol Wicks says media attention has led to fewer surrenders and more adoptions. Director Carol Wicks says media attention has led to fewer surrenders and more adoptions.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Last week, we showed some of the emails between Decatur Mayor Don Kyle and the Animal Services director, ordering her to get the animal population down from more than 300 to 45 by Oct. 31.

Decatur Animal Services is not at that target number as of Nov. 1, and the director said that may not be the number they have to get to as she works with the city to figure out what it should be.

Carol Wicks said they did set a record in October with 226 animals going out through adoptions and rescue groups. They also euthanized 91 animals, which she said is lower than average. Right now, they have about 220 animals in the shelter, far more than what Mayor Kyle asked for, but she said the population is lower than it has been in a long time.

We asked if that was because of anything the shelter is doing differently, and Wicks responded that was not the case. She said the media publicity surrounding the issue has led to fewer people bringing in animals because they fear they will be euthanized, and has led to more adoptions.

"Because of the publicity, we have people coming in here who have never, ever been to animal services in their lives. People have said, ‘I never realized you had nice animals here. I always thought of them being aggressive, stray, mangy, and they're very pleasantly surprised,'" said Wicks.

Wicks said she will be consulting with animal shelter experts to come up with a number she feels is right for the staffing and space they have. Then she will take her findings to city officials to see if something can be agreed upon.

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