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Veterinarian wants to privatize animal shelter

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   Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester talks at the meeting about the animal shelter.

At their December meeting, Veterinarian Dr. Craig Chester, owner of Animal Medical Clinic in Jasper, gave a presentation to county commissioners regarding his proposal to take over operations at the Pickens County Animal Shelter.  

Pickens resident William Bell began the presentation. He said, “In the spirit of the American Humane Society that does such a good job in the country, we want to do something in that fashion for the citizens and animals of Pickens County.” 

Bells’ daughter Jessica Bell, a former employee at Animal Medical Clinic, is 16 months away from completing veterinary school and would come on board as an employee of Dr. Craig’s at the shelter if a deal is hammered out between the two entities.  

Dr. Chester told the board he is vested in the community, where he has had his practice for the last 15 years, and is dedicated to the people and animals in the county. He said he believes men “should be engaged in the community,” and noted his volunteer work with the local FFA program and low-cost vaccine clinics he holds at the Jasper Farmers Market. 

His proposal mission statement said, “We consider it a privilege and a duty to provide medical care and find suitable homes for all healthy and treatable pets in Pickens County.”  

       See details of his proposal in this week's print or online editions.