Animal Services Board Holds First Meeting
The newly created Animal Services Advisory Board of Moore County held an "informative and positive" first meeting Thursday as members sought to better define the agency's future direction.
Orange County Animal Services director Bob Marotto, whose agency served as a model on which officials based the local organization, was the guest speaker.
"I am impressed with the initiative being shown in Moore County to develop excellent services and care for animals," he said, "thus reducing the use of euthanasia. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm around the creation of a free standing department within the county."
Earlier this month, the Moore County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to remove animal operations from the public health department and create a separate agency for animal control. A 12-member advisory board was developed to oversee the department.
Marotto's presentation covered a wide range of topics that the animal services board will consider when adopting its own guidelines.
"I was very encouraged with Bob's progressive plan," said Animal Services department head Al Carter. "I also found it quite gratifying that we received positive responses from our first picks for board members. That speaks to the kindness and compassion the people of Moore County have toward animals."
Commissioner Jimmy Melton, the agency's liaison to the county board, offered his hopes for the future.
"This is a real historical time," he said. "Our number one goal is to work for a no-kill shelter. I know it's an impossibility, but a goal nevertheless.
"Not too many have moved forward like Orange County has, but with everyone's help we are going to try to accomplish good things for the animals of this county."
Carter opened the meeting with a prayer.
"Help us try to find a way to make life better for the animals in this county, who cannot speak for themselves," he said.
The meeting was held in the conference room of the county public utilities building in Carthage.
Read more in Sunday's edition of the Pilot.
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