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Humane Society lands
permanent spot for animals

By Staff
CARING FOR PETS Stephanie Lee, Lauderdale County Humane Society president, cuddles a puppy and kitten at the Lauderdale County Animal Control shelter. The Humane Society and Animal Control are now working together to house animals and have them spayed, neutered and adopted. PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
July 22, 2004
Stephanie Lee and Paula Joyner are receiving a break now that the local Humane Society and Lauderdale County Animal Control are working together.
Lee, president of the Lauderdale County Humane Society, has kept up to 20 dogs at her home. Joyner, a Humane Society volunteer, has cared for as many as 12 dogs at her home at one time.
Now Humane Society animals are being kept at the Lauderdale County Animal Control shelter.
Both women said they will still keep some animals with special needs in their homes, but having a location like the shelter for most animals will help them find homes for more dogs and cats.
Dewayne Sosebee, Lauderdale County Animal Control director, said his department turned over six dogs this week to the Humane Society to be spayed, neutered and adopted.
There is a $50 fee to adopt a spayed or neutered dog from the Humane Society and a $25 fee to adopt a spayed or neutered cat.
Joyner said the Humane Society is still in need of donations to spay and neuter animals. She also said the organization is looking for donations of office equipment as well.
Recently added space at the animal shelter made room for 26 more dog runs and 19 more cages. Sosebee said the shelter can house up to 95 dogs now.
The agreement between the Humane Society and Animal Control was approved by Lauderdale County Supervisors earlier this month, but the parties began working together this week.

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