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Pleas, pledges give hope to animal shelter

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Dec. 13, 2000
Lauderdale County residents Tuesday night took tentative steps toward formally establishing a local Humane Society to help control stray animal problems.
The move came as more than 35 residents turned out at a public meeting called by a committee of the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, volunteering their time and pledging money and materials for the effort.
Hitt and District 5 Supervisor Ray Boswell, who also attended the meeting, serve on the supervisors' committee charged with finding a solution. Supervisors are considering leasing property on Lakeland Road to the "Dumpster Dog" Humane Society.
Hitt said he is concerned about roaming animals in subdivisions and populated areas in District 3.
He said attorney Rick Barry is drafting an animal control ordinance. He said he doesn't support a countywide leash law, but a Humane Society could help control animals in subdivisions.
People at Tuesday's meeting wanted to know why the county couldn't pay for building the shelter. Boswell said there is money available for animal control, but the funds are earmarked for specific purposes.
Residents asked if Walton can apply for any grants. She said almost all grants available to Humane Societies require that the building already be in place.
Walton said she received dog food, a large dog carrier and a $10 donation at the meeting. She has some donated chain-length fence. She ended up with 24 names on a volunteer list, 12 on a donation pledge list and 11 on a list of people interested in serving as board members.
Another meeting is set for Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the supervisors' boardroom. Walton said Humane Society board members will be chosen, officers will be elected and fund-raising and other committees will be formed.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.

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