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Concerned Citizens For Change At Odessa Animal Control Present Petition To City Council

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Holly Dool from Caring for Animals of Midland-Odessa only got speak to Odessa City Council Members for three minutes.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Holly Dool from Caring for Animals of Midland-Odessa only got speak to Odessa City Council Members for three minutes.

And although council members couldn't discuss petition organized by concerned citizens for change at Odessa Animal Control, Dool says she believes they are off to a good start.

"I think we're making some headway. We presented them with our petition tonight. We had 5,701 signatures," Dool said.

According to Andrea Goodson from the City of Odessa, the petition could not be discussed because they were not listed on the agenda for Tuesday's city council meeting.

"If a citizen presents something to city council and it is not on the agenda, council cannot comment nor can they take action on the item," Goodson said.

After the meeting however, petition organizers spoke to council member Barbara Graff, telling her there is a sense of urgency to save animals at the shelter.

"They put down 5,976 animals in 2013 and they only considered that six percent of those animals were adoptable," said Dool.

According to animal control officials, that number includes feral animals.

But because of these numbers, some group members say they're ashamed of OAC.

"I walk up and down those aisles and see those dog on a daily basis. I find it very hard to believe that only six percent of those dogs are considered adoptable," said Dool.

To help council members understand the problem they are trying to fix, a folder containing information on their petition was handed out.

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