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Rescue organizations working to save more ETX animals

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Saving Animals from Euthanasia working to save dogs Saving Animals from Euthanasia working to save dogs
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Each year, hundreds of lost and homeless pets are picked up in Smith County and taken to a holding facility that many refer to as the Smith County Barn. Now, there are several volunteers from different organizations who are working to save these animals from euthanasia. 

Scotti Oxford is a volunteer with "Saving Animals from Euthanasia", a group that now has thousands of followers on Facebook. 

"The page was started as a way to bring exposure to the dogs that were at Smith County holding facility just in hopes of maybe getting them back to their owner, and it just sort of snow balled into getting dogs into homes, getting dogs into rescue groups and we get most of them out every single week," Oxford explained. 

Oxford said the organization has rescued more than 500 dogs from the facility, and she would like the county's permission to rescue even more.

"We are asking that you all let us have five to ten volunteers maybe go through the process of being Smith County approved volunteers," Oxford asked the Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning.

She said volunteers could help with sanitation and help adopt out the dogs.

Debra Dobbs, the President of the SPCA of East Texas, also attended Smith County Commissioners Court and said she would like to help with their mission.  

"We all have the same goals, we all have different sources of funding and support. There is always strength in numbers and if all of these rescue groups were working in the same direction, on the same page, I feel that we could cut costs and save animals. We certainly would have a stronger voice with our elected officials," Dobbs said. 

Oxford said she loves the idea of rescue organizations helping one another, but she also likes the independence.

"I don't want one person to run the show. We need people that are willing to help us take dogs is what we really need," she said.  

Gayle Helms, the Executive Director of Pets Fur People, said whether it is working independently of one another or together, it should all come down to one thing.

"You know, the bottom line has to be these animals and saving these animals and getting them out of that barn," Helms said. 

The Smith County Commissioners Court said they will work over the next several weeks with their attorney and the Smith County Sheriff to decide what action they should take when it comes to the requests made by Saving Animals From Euthanasia. 

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