MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Alabama House Bill 238 would, "require an animal shelter owner or operator to submit an annual report to the Department of Public Health, detailing the total number of animals that have entered the facility and the disposition of the animals."
Alabama House Representative Steve McMillan said, "There's a problem with an excess number of companion animals and nobody really has a handle on how bad the problem is or how extensive the problem is."
McMillan said there's a real concern with overpopulation of animals and a shortage of animal shelters.
One of the areas animal shelters would report are how many are animals are euthanized and adopted.
"Just trying to get a handle on the numbers and the size of a problem," McMillan said.
The Mobile County Animal Shelter has been battling overcrowding for some time and on Wednesday, April 24 the shelter had so many animals, it stayed open two hours late in hopes of adopting out more animals.
"Today has been a very tough day we're over 200 animals in our shelter," said Mobile County spokesperson Nancy Johnson.
She said the shelter firmly believes spaying and neutering animals is one of the main solutions to overcrowding.
In 2012, the Mobile County Animal shelter adopted out or placed 2,800 animals and euthanized 4,400. Officials said 3,100 animals were euthanized due to medical issues.
"I think it will probably help with the number of animals euthanized because it will let the public know how many we take in and the rescue groups can only do so much," said Animal Resource Supervisor Andrew Stubbs.
The MCAS is staying open until 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24-Friday, April 26 in hopes of adopting out more animals.
There will also be an adoption event on Saturday, April 26.
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