NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office officially assumed responsibility of Animal Control Services Thursday.
The, now called, Animal Services Unit is part of the Support Services Division of the Sheriff's Office, according to Sgt. J.J. Brewer.
Animal Service Unit personnel were sworn in Wednesday during a ceremony at the sheriff's office. Brewer said Captain K.W. Sarvis has been working diligently to ensure a smooth operational transition.
"Our goal is to provide outstanding service to the citizens and find homes for those animals in our care," said Sheriff Ed McMahon.
In an effort to reach that goal, Sarvis will implement new hours of operations. Starting March 24, Animal Services Unit will be open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to be of better service to the citizens.
The decision for the sheriff's office to take over Animal Services came on the heels of the termination of former Animal Control Services Manager Jean McNeil.
McNeil was terminated from her position in January after having been on administrative leave since December for a dispute with county officials over pay from Hurricane Irene. McNeil had been in charge of Animal Control for the past 21 years.