DeSoto Co. sees increase in abandoned pets

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

vacant home.

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,

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