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Humane society and animal control partnership aims to save animals

AMARILLO, TX- Animal Control and the Panhandle Humane Society have partnered to reunite lost pets with their owners without the high price of impoundment fines and storage fees.

If you own a pet that's been picked up by animal control, chances are you've had to pay anywhere from $80-$100 to get him or her back.

The humane society says pet owners may have been discouraged from picking up their animals because the cost was simply too high, so animal control tossed out a solution that thus far, might be working.

Hundreds of dogs line the kennels on any give day at the humane society. Many were picked up by animal control and weren't claimed by their owners.

A new program called "Adoption Option" is being put into play to get pets out of the pound.

"It is for people who own pets who have accumulated fines," Jena McFall with the humane society says. "Basically if their fine is more than the adoption fee, then animal control suggested that if they are a first time offender, they can come to us and do the adoption option."

Fore a flat rate of $85, the humane society will return your animal to you without charging animal control fees.

In addition, free spaying, neutering and micro chipping are included.

"It helps promote the spay and neuter program," Mike McGee with animal control said. "It gets the dogs their shots. It gives them a set of tags and it will help ultimately keep the animal confined."

The humane society says about 30 dogs have been returned to their owners through this program since the beginning of the month.


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