It was a standing-room-only crowd at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Jackson County Commission as a group of concerned citizens requested that commissioners block off time on the next meeting’s agenda to further address Animal Shelter concerns.


It was a standing-room-only crowd at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Jackson County Commission as a group of concerned citizens requested that commissioners block off time on the next meeting’s agenda to further address Animal Shelter concerns. 

Resident Bonnie Oliver spoke first during the public comment portion of Thursday’s meeting representing a group she referred to as, “Citizens for Jackson County who’ve come together to form a watchdog group for the Animal Shelter.” 

Oliver asked the commissioners for time on next week’s agenda for their group to speak to commissioners regarding reforms they feel are needed at the county’s Animal Shelter. 

Despite requests made at last Thursday’s regular meeting to restart the Animal Shelter Advisory Board, commissioners did not place the issue on this week’s agenda. 

The individuals attending Thursday’s meeting had attended a private meeting earlier in the week to form a game plan of issues they would like to see resolved with the shelter. 

Commissioners granted Oliver’s request for the group to be placed on the agenda. 

While further issues will be discussed next week, resident Jim Kane said the group’s desire is to work with the county commission to improve conditions at the shelter and cut down on animal deaths. 

“We want to work with the County Commission,” Kane said, “we don’t want to buck the commission, county government or the Animal Shelter.” 

Kane said one thing they will discuss is potentially starting up a foster program for pets while they await permanent adoption in order to avert euthanization. 

The next meeting of the County Commission will be Thursday, January 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse.