Leigh Anne Smith is advocate for four-legged beings
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Leigh Anne Smith with some of her furry friends. Photo: Special to The Star
Leigh Anne Smith with some of her furry friends. Photo: Special to The Star
Leigh Anne Smith gets sad - even angry - when she hears of an animal that’s being neglected or abused. She’s always tried to help the animal, but since September, when she was named Piedmont’s animal control officer, she’s been in a position that allows her to help more than ever.

Leigh Anne studied in the veterinary technical program at Snead State Junior College. For the past 25 years, she’s worked as a veterinary assistant in Calhoun and Marshall counties.

Leigh Anne drives up and down the streets daily in Piedmont. They’re not casual or sightseeing drives though. She’s looking for animals that are in distress. And she finds them, more often than she’d like.

“When I’m driving, I’m looking for animals that are outside to make sure they have proper food, water, and shelter,” she said. “And if I get a call from someone about an animal that’s being neglected or abused, I’ll go out immediately to see what’s going on and take charge.”

Leigh Ann said when she’s called to a house, she talks with the owner about how to fix the problem to the animal’s advantage. Most, she said, are cooperative. However, occasionally she meets an animal owner who doesn’t want to abide by the laws.

“I insist on responsible animal ownership,” she said. “I enforce animal control ordinances, related rules and regulations. I’m here to serve, protect and be the voice for our four legged friends and companions.”

Leigh Ann said it makes her feel badly for the animals that aren’t being taken care of.

“I get upset too, and I feel terrible for the animal,” she said. “That’s why I love this job. I get to make sure people take care of their animals. I’m a voice for these defenseless animals. It makes my heart drop when I see one not being taken care of.”

Leigh Ann said that one of her purposes is to preserve the human/animal bond.

She said growing up in White Plains, she had every animal one could imagine. That hasn’t changed. Her primary animal friends at her home in Pleasant Valley these days are dogs and horses.

Leigh Anne and her husband, Thomas, are newlyweds. They moved to Pleasant Valley almost a year ago from White Plains. Thomas is a salesman for Moore and Thompson Inc., in Lincoln.

She and Thomas attend Circuit Riders Cowboy Church in Alexandria.

Leigh Anne is the daughter of Travis and Patsy Frost of White Plains.

She has two children. Dylan Moody lives in White Plains and works with NABI in Oxford. Haleigh Moody is a senior at White Plains and gives Leigh Anne reason to enjoy one of her hobbies even more. Haleigh barrel races in junior rodeos and, since Leigh Anne likes photography so much, she captures Haleigh in all of her races.

“I don’t take many pictures of people, except my daughter,” said Leigh Anne. “I’d rather be taking pictures of animals and all kinds of wildlife.”

When Leigh Ann was a child, her late grandmother, Juanita Lusk Hyatt, taught her to crochet. She gives her crocheted items as gifts as Christmas.

“It took me all year to make them,” she said. “I always start making things in January. It takes me until December to finish them.”

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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