COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The Columbia Police Department released a statement saying they plan on improving the animal control and impoundment facilities stating that the animal control staff will be split in two categories: enforcement and housing.
"The police department is restructuring the shelter," former shelter manager Amanda Bennett said. "They've decided to take it in a new direction. So, we are, myself and my help here, are tasked to secure transport or adoptions for each animal."
Bennett said she was told that all animals need to have a plan by next week, but only half of the animals have a secured home.
Recently the shelter had about 50 animals with a little over 20 of them either being transported to other shelters in the state or have been adopted.
The Columbia Animal Shelter posted on its Facebook page that all all animals currently left at the shelter have all been committed to transports.
According to Bennett, about 20 animals needed a place for transport or adoption by Tuesday.
"Adoption fees will be cut in half from $40 to $20 and that's on all of our animals," said Bennett. "So, if you are looking for a pet we really highly encourage you to come by and see all that we have here.
Police Chief Micheal Kelly said he will be meeting with WDAM Tuesday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m at the next city board meeting to discuss in further detail the plan for the shelter.
Currently, all animals can be viewed on the Columbia Animal Shelter Facebook page.