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Animal Control Service facing interruptions

The city of Bessemer’s Public Improvements Department is announcing some possible delays in Animal Control efforts for the next several weeks.
The delays are due to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s announcement earlier this week that it will go to Priority-One Pick-up and Impoundment Status for its facility, which services Bessemer and other communities in Jefferson County.
GBHS announced it will respond to high priority/emergency calls such as law enforcement calls and cases of animal cruelty but suspend non-emergency calls such as stray in-takes and non-emergency owner surrender while in this status. Non-essential shelter intake will also be limited.  The Priority One status will continue for a period of 30 days, according to GBHS officials.
Lawrence Hatter, Public Improvements Director for the city of Bessemer, said this status will limit some animal control services available to Bessemer residents for the foreseeable future. Hatter asked that residents be aware of the limit in service in Bessemer due to the impoundment interruptions.