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Director reacts to proposal to save Unicoi Co. Animal Shelter

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Today, the Unicoi County animal shelter director is reacting to yesterday's proposal from the three local mayors.
Yesterday mayors from Unicoi, Erwin, and Unicoi County met to discuss the future of the Unicoi County shelter. This all comes just days after Erwin town officials announced they were separating and started working on the pound directly next door. The pound has received a new coat of paint and now has electricity and water but after yesterdays meeting the town of Erwin wont be using it.
One part of the proposed solution would have the two existing animal control officers who are now paid by the city become county employees who would work under the sheriff's office. Each mayor will present the proposal to their board. All three boards have to agree. They will then take it to the humane society to see if they they're interested in working with the county.
"We're very encouraged that the three governments were able to come together and actually have a sit down meeting about what would be best for this community and the animals in the community so that was the first major step in coming to a resolution for all this so we're very encouraged and hopeful that something positive will come out," shelter director Jessica Blevins said.
The boards within the three communities have until the first of the year to agree on the proposal.
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