Albemarle County Hosts Its First Animal Summit

November 12, 2012

Albemarle County hosted an animal summit Monday evening, the first meeting of its kind to address the community's concerns on a variety of animal welfare issues.

"It's an opportunity for us to bring community members together to discuss issues impacting our animal population in Albemarle County," said Lt. Robert Beck with the Albemarle County Police Department.

The panel discussion in the Lane Auditorium addressed concerns from the community and attracted dozens of people, including hunters.

No topic was off limits, varying from pet adoption to hunting. For the hunters in attendance, they wanted to make sure county ordinances don't interfere with their being able to take dogs hunting.

"What we're trying to do, and all the hunters are here tonight, is try to see if we can prevent this from happening," said hunter Charlie Proffitt.

It was a chance for the community to ask anything about animal welfare and get an answer from the panel of experts. The panel included Albemarle County Animal Control officers, a veterinarian, members of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and a representative from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

"I think there's a lot of services out there that people might not be aware of," said Lisa Lane, director of marketing and development for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. "It's also a great time for people to come and get their questions answered about ordinances and rules in the community."

Albemarle County Police say they hope this is the first of many meetings on animal welfare.

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