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New Hanover Co. Sheriff to take over Animal Control


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Add dog catcher to the list of duties for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

County Manager Bruce Shell announced this afternoon the Sheriff's Office will take over Animal Control beginning March 1. The change comes after the firing last month of Animal Control Services Manager Jean McNeil.

Sheriff Ed McMahon said the animals are the priority.

"We want to get those animal adopted out," McMahon said. "Bottom line is, of course, we got dangerous animals, and we'll take care of that, but we want to get those animal adopted out. That's a primary role that we want to look at."

Sheriff McMahon also said everyone's job at Animal Control is safe at this time.

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sheriff taking over animal control

Holddddddd Uppp! Wait a minute. Seriously? The sheriff's department is taking over the animal control? Did they purchase it as a business? Or was it given to them? I don't understand. How can the Sheriff's Department take over other businesses? Might they be looking into a Krispy Kreme franchise next and run that? Or maybe a shop at the mall? This is weird. Are they going to change the name to New Hanover County Sheriff's Animal Control Department?

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I am thrilled to see this change. The only way to get the little guys a new home is to make them available for the public to see. I hope they extend the hours a bit and make it easier to go out there. Also, the next time there is a stray pit bull wandering the streets, barking at everyone, someone can come pick him up. Animal control won't come out at night or weekends at all, as far as we've ever seen.