Animal Control open house set

February 13, 2013

The Animal Control facility is at full capacity, and Saturday it will be the place to be, according to Captain A.T. Vines of the Hood County Sheriff’s Office.

The facility will be the site of a free pet adoption and open house from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Those adopting must agree to have them either spayed or neutered.

Vines said that the public is invited, and there will be free refreshments served. He added that Animal Control, now led by Sergeant Kelly McNabb, still has an eye to the future when the facility may move into a bigger and better location. Sergeant Charles Monroe, who had been managing the facility, took another job elsewhere, and McNabb officially took his place as of Monday.

“We encourage everybody to come by and see what we have to contend with right now – how the animals are crowded, see the condition of the building and the facilities – to see what we have to work with,” Vines said.

Vines said that the plans to find a new facility remain in a “holding pattern,” and added, “There’s nothing set in stone. We’ve got a ways to go yet.”

Vines said the current facility was not designed to serve as a place for animals, and there is no room to expand.

“We’re looking forward very much to the needed new facility,” Vines said. “It would be so much better for the pets. It would be so much easier to maintain, because of the way (the current one) is laid out.”

Representatives from the Hood County Animal Lovers Organization (HALO) and the Brazos Animal Resource Connection (BARC) will be on hand in booths out front on Saturday. Also, a low-cost vaccination booth will also be set up at the facility during the open house, Vines noted.

The current Animal Control facility is just west of Granbury off of Highway 377 West and Coke Court, at 240 Bray Street.

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