SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Animal shelters in DeSoto County have
reported a steep increase in abandoned pets and officials say the
nation's struggling economy is partially to blame.
Southaven Animal Control Officer and shelter supervisor Perry
Mason says he picked up 10 abandoned dogs during a four-hour period
one day last week. And Ann McClain at the Horn Lake Animal Shelter
says a dog recently had to be rescued from the back yard of a
Both say many pets have been abandoned as their owners moved to
new locations or could no longer provide for their needs.
DeSoto County Animal Shelter Director Larry Houston said in
recent months about three people a week are dropping off their
pets, leaving the shelter at about three-quarters capacity.
Information from: DeSoto Times Today, http://www.desototimes.com