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Food fight over
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Lisa Hobbs photo Food concerns have been temporarily eased at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. After taking care of more than 100 cats daily for several months, the department used up its entire food budget in six months. Concerned citizens began dropping off items to help. Pictured are Animal Control officer Brandi Bouldin, front, and department director Kim Pettrey with some of the donated items.

Community support has eased budget concerns and a lack of food at Warren County Animal Control.

“Tuesday was very emotional for me,” said Animal Control director Kim Pettrey. “There was somebody here most of the day – sometimes two at a time. Everyone brought something. It was amazing. Our feed barn is full. I’d like to say thank you to everyone. I was really touched.”

The support came after a recent review of the department’s budget discovered the facility had exceeded it $5,500 food and supplies budget by $173. The fiscal year begins July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018, meaning the department has six months left and no money to purchase food.

Creating the problem is the unusually high number of cats. For the last several months, the department has fed more than 100 cats daily.

At the end of November, the facility was housing 106 cats and 40 dogs.

Williamson County has contacted Pettrey offering to take some of the cats.