MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The University of Florida is evaluating the Mobile County Animal Shelter after 49 dogs were euthanized in January 2013, when the dogs were exposed to distemper.
Shortly after the dogs were euthanized, the Mobile County Commission formed an advisory board to give commissioners recommendations on ways to improve the shelter.
In February, the county applied for the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.
According to the program's website, it conducts shelter assessments and consultations while training shelter medical professionals.
The program comes with a price tag of $38,000. County officials said that money comes from a $70,000 Maddie's Fund grant awarded to Mobile County in 2012.
Maddie's Fund is a pet rescue foundation trying to guarantee that healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats get a loving home.
Because the county received a grant from the organization, commissioners said taxpayers won't pay anything for the oversight.
Mobile County Spokesperson Nancy Johnson said in an interview Monday, October 7 she expects the evaluation will be finished within the next month.
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