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Animal Control Changes Ahead

We told you last night about the city of Tyler's plan to move stray animals to a shelter in Cherokee County, ending their relationship with the Humane Society of Smith County. The city's new partnership starts in less than a week, and plans are already in place to make finding your lost pets a lot easier.

"As it stands right now we are making trips for each animal we take," said Shawn Markmann, Tyler Animal Control field supervisor.

Starting Monday Shawn and the other Tyler Animal Control Officers have a new destination for all 4400 animals they've picked up. 

"If someone picks up on one side of town and someone else picks one up on the other side of town, we will put both those animals on the same truck and run them in one run," said Shawn. "We are going to be making a couple rounds a day to the pound there."

They are taking them to Klein Animal Shelter in Jacksonville.

Shelter supervisor Angela Wallace says it's a temporary arrangement to get the City Of Tyler through this transitional phase.

"It's going to be a big undertaking for us," said Angela. "Every animal picked up in the city of Tyler comes here. We are going to take photographs and biographies of all those animals coming in from Tyler, as well as all of our current strays, and actually post those on the website so anybody can access those."

On the adoption portal site, called "Pets 911", people can look for pets lost in their area, or find a possible future pet.

"What this does is actually put these animals on our adoptive sites. They will post things within 10 minutes of us uploading them," said Angela. "We will be doing those on a daily basis."

"Those animals that are not adoptable through our programs, we have an very extensive transfer program and a breed specific rescue program that we are going to continue to develop," said Angela. 

However, the shelter does acknowledge that some of the animals won't find new homes. Last year, the Humane Society said almost 75% of the animals brought in by Tyler Animal Control had to be put down. But Angela said they have ways to make sure that percentage does not go any higher. 

"We are also hoping that the added foot traffic and added animal intake will increase our adoptions for people coming to try and find animals for their friends and families," said Angela.

With this partnership still in it's infancy, both Shawn and Angela say there will be much trial and error to work out. But in the end,  they are ready. Tyler Animal Control also said since they will probably only make about two trips to Jacksonville, they are looking into temporary cages in Tyler to keep the animals before transferring them.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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