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Bradley Co. one step closer to animal control solution

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Bradley county animal control issues could soon be a thing of the past.

A special task force is seeing some light at the end of the tunnel after two groups came forward with plans to take over the animal woes.

Betti Gravelle of SPCA, Bradley County says the latest tiff between the city and county has come down to one thing.

"It is money. It is dollars and cents. It is the county not being happy for what they receive for what they pay."

Several groups have sounded off about animals being put by the shelter. One issue is overcrowding at the current facility.

Activist say that problem is only getting worse.

Some question whether the new operators run a true no-kill facility.

Gravelle says the short answer is "No."

"There is a lot of controversy surrounding that but you will not save 100 percent of the animals. You will always have that 5 to 10 that are damaged beyond help."

The Ark of Cleveland says its shelter has been looking at a plan long before the proposal came out.

Director Robert Caylor says, "Our programs have always set a benchmark for rescue groups and organizations. We feel as if we can do the best job with this."

Concerned residents have expressed their opinion of the current agreement.

Some say a new shelter can't come soon enough.

The county is still reviewing proposals.

We will let you know when a decision is made.

Bradley County has a temporary deal with the city of Cleveland to run animal control.

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