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January 22, 2015 / V A Nichols

GBHS takes over animal control for Jefferson County from BJC, but transition is a bit bumpy

League of Humane Voters - Alabama

January 21, 2015 at 8:30 PM, updated January 21, 2015 at 8:47 PM

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society was to officially take over animal control for Jefferson County Wednesday at 5:01 p.m. Problem was, staff at BJC Animal Control were still in the building on Fifth Avenue North, loading up equipment and supplies, so the immediate transition was a bit rough.

BJC Animal Control owner Steve Smith gives a tour of the BJC building to Lucy Thompson Marsh, immediate past chairwoman of the GBHS Board of Directors on Wednesday evening. (Joey Kennedy/jkennedy@al.com) BJC Animal Control owner Steve Smith gives a tour of the BJC building to Lucy Thompson Marsh, immediate past chairwoman of the GBHS Board of Directors on Wednesday evening. (Joey Kennedy/jkennedy@al.com)

As GBHS workers toured the building, took a census of the animals, noted what equipment they’d need to put in place and how they’d proceed to assume animal control responsibilities, BJC Animal Control staff were all over the place, removing equipment and supplies that the for-profit animal control agency owned and were packing.

“After 17 years running a…

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