Council hears of push to aid animals 
by Rachel Davis
Aug 07, 2013 | 1584 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Pat Fowler addressed the council regarding a facility near Sumiton that is attempting to help with animals in and around the area.

The building is currently being used to rehabilitate and rehome stray animals as well as animals surrendered by owners who have been placed in nursing homes or by families who can’t care for pets owned by deceased relatives.

The facility is in the beginning stages and is not prepared to take more animals at this time.

The facility has more than 20 cats and kittens that were removed from the building that housed Nonnie’s Angels on Main Street, before that shelter was closed by police for allegedly inhumane conditions. Those animals are being quarantined from the general population until some health issues have been resolved.

Fowler said she has recently toured the facility, and it was clean and the animals were well-socialized. She is not one of the founders of the group, currently being called “Labor of Love.”

The group is founded and run by people who currently work in animal-related fields. The building is being donated for use in this project and is equipped with new heating and air units.

In other business:

•Mayor Petey Ellis said the final draft of the sales tax increase is not ready, but he anticipates it will be ready for the council to look over at the next meeting.

•The engineer is completing the bid specs for the walking track and Ellis hopes to have them ready by the next meeting.

•Ellis informed the council that clearing has begun on Hull Road for a facility operated by Northwest Alabama Mental Health. He hopes Skip Newman, director of the program, has been invited to address the council at the next meeting regarding the plans for the facility. The city is currently applying for grants to cover the cost of extending the sewer system a little farther down Hull Road to include the facility.