SUNBRIGHT (WATE) - 6 News' story last month about the lack of animal control in some East Tennessee counties seemed to strike a chord with animal lovers. We spotlighted five local counties without animal control. Morgan County in particular got viewers' attention. County Executive Don Edwards said there wasn't a problem not having a shelter because if there was, the citizens would demand those services.
6 News viewer Machelle Sexton posted on our Facebook page saying she lives and works in Sunbright, and there is a major problem animal.
"I saw a mother dog get killed right there on the main road, and she had four little pups with her, and I went out and rescued the puppies, " Sexton said.
She isn't part of any rescue group, but she does her best to help when she sees an animal in need. Sexton sees the unwanted pet problem getting worse in Morgan County, so she was shocked to hear Edwards say that animal control or a shelter wasn't needed.
"It upset me because our county executive lives right here in Sunbright. I can't imagine he don't see this. He has to see it," she said.
We took her concerns back to Edwards.
"Maybe we're seeing the same thing and have a different perspective on what we're actually seeing," he said.
Edwards says since our story aired, still no one has called his office to complain, not even Sexton.
"We want to hear from you. That helps your county elected officials with prioritizing the needs of the county," he said.
Edwards acknowledged Thursday there is some problem and said he will look for ways to help in the future, but funding is always an issue.
"I can't promise anything. I don't have an unlimited bank account," he said.
If you'd like to share your thoughts on animal control in Morgan County, you can reach Edwards at (423) 346-6288.