Give 'Em Shelter

Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Delgesso with Skye, one of the 5,000 dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, turtles, and snakes that City of Columbus, Ga., Special Enforcement Division employees picked up in 2015.

Animal control officer Brandon Wright with one of the Special Enforcement Division’s nine pick-up trucks. The vehicles have camper-style shells that add space and are outfitted with animal crates.

Columbus (Ga.) Consolidated Government’s [to come]-square-foot Animal Care & Control has 48 dog runs; cages for 40 cats; and space for six ferrets, rabbits, turtles, and snakes. Animal control officers occasionally encounter cows, horses, and even alligators coming up the Chattahoochee River. The strangest was an emu, an ostrich-like bird whose front claw “will slice you open,” says Public Works Special Enforcement Division Manager Drale Short.

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