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Who to turn to for animal control?

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. -

A disconnect between two government entities is causing confusion among animal lovers.

A 9 On Your Side viewer alerted us to a recent problem.  Several employees of the TradeMart in Winterville found a litter of abandoned kittens in a dumpster.

The town of Winterville doesn't pick up animals. The group was referred to Pitt County Animal Control and was turned away again. So who's responsible?

 "Our role in the town as animal control is very limited as police officers, we only to respond and take in animals causing a public safety hazard." Chief Ryan Willhiet said.

"Obviously Pitt County serves both the unincorporated and incorporated, but our primary focus is for the unincorporated because municipalities have come in to existence to provide a higher level of service and we depend on them to handle animal control activities within the cities." County Manager Scott Elliot said.

The Winterville town manager says there is an obvious disconnect. She plans to meet with animal control officials to correct the problem. The kittens are now in the care of a volunteer with Saving Graces for Felines.

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