MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Two Mobile County Commissioners have initiated investigations in to the Mobile County Animal Shelter. It happened after 49 dogs were euthanized after an outbreak of distemper.
Both County Commissioners Connie Hudson and Jerry Carl have launched investigations to see if the best practice was used to contain the deadly virus.
Mobile County Spokesperson Nancy Johnson stated Commissioner Merceria Ludgood believes the shelter did what was necessary to protect the other animals; however, Commissioners Connie Hudson and Jerry Carl will evaluate whether euthanizing nearly 50 dogs was the best solution to the outbreak.
Officials also plan to investigate why the shelter did not inform commissioners about the euthanization in a timely manner.
"The practice has been in the past that they are not involved in the day to day decision making, and they're saying when it rises to this level where there's a deadly virus, it impacts a large number of dogs that we need to be brought in," said Johnson.
After the investigations are complete, officials stated commissioners will vote to see what new policies or procedures should be in place in the event a crisis breaks out at a shelter again.