MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile County Animal Shelter is once again over-crowded and looking to the public for help.
Many citizens answered the call, and spoke out in support of a proposed anti-cruelty law.
Reduced costs for rabies shots and micro-chipping was one incentive to encourage people to adopt.
Kimberly Wheat came to the Mobile County Animal Shelter Saturday, May 4 to find a new member for her family.
Wheat, along with dozens of others, packed the shelter looking for a stray they could take home.
Actor Richard Tyson, a Mobile native, was there to film a Public Service Announcement about the need to adopt shelter animals.
The animals that don't find homes face euthanization.
Mobile County spokesperson Nancy Johnson hopes the televised message keeps the shelter in the minds of those who are looking for a new pet.
"We hope to use it through the summer to increase adoptions. It's going to be a 30 second Public Service Announcement and we hope the stations- we have commitments from the stations to run it," Johnson said.
Also on the minds of visitors was the Animal Cruelty Bill, currently pending in the Alabama Legislature.
The bill would strengthen criminal penalties for those who abuse animals.
"I think that if there are harsher penalties people would definitely think twice about what they did or what they can do," Kristin Looney said.
Animal lovers worry the anti-cruelty legislation may not overcome challenges from opponents like the Alabama Game Fowl Breeders Association, which is urging its members to call lawmakers and voice their opposition to the bill.
Mobile County officials worry about the bill's future as well.
"We support the stricter laws, it helps us, our hands are tied so often, we run on cruelty cases all the time, we do intervene but when there is no consequence it makes it much more difficult for us," Nancy Johnson said.
The Mobile County Animal Shelter is facing a federal lawsuit.
Local animal rescue group SouthBARK accuses the shelter of euthanizing too many animals.
County officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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