ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter will no longer be providing animal control services in the county following a vote by the county commission.
According to a post from the shelter, animal control services should now be called in to 911 for the Carter County Sheriff’s Office to conduct.
The post says the Carter County Commission voted to not pass a resolution to give the shelter the authority to enforce state laws regarding animal control.
The resolution failed in a 15-8 vote.
Shelter Director Shannon Posada told News Channel 11 that due to issues staffing animal control officers in the county, the shelter had planned to continually fill the need.
The shelter held a workshop to prepare for the proposed resolution and received complete backing from both its board and budget committee.
Posada said there had been no opposition in the community to the shelter providing the service or enforcing state laws until the commission meeting.
On Wednesday, Posada told News Channel 11 that the shelter and the Carter County Sheriff’s Office have always enjoyed a good relationship and that they will work with law enforcement to help in this transition.
The animal shelter apologized for any inconvenience in its post.