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Problems at Memphis Animal Shelter affect other area shelters

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Problems at the Memphis Animal Shelter are having an unexpected affect on other Mid-South shelters.

The kennels at the Southaven Animal shelter are full of pets who are in desperate need of good homes. Shelter supervisor Perry Mason says those numbers have increased over the past year.

"This year, compared to years in the past which I keep statistics on, we probably have more 20 dogs and maybe 10 more cats than we usually do this time of year," Mason said.

Currently, the shelter has 75 dogs and 32 cats. According to Mason, the high population is due to many factors, including the struggling economy and other life changes. Shelter volunteers have also seen increased activity in calls from Memphis residents in light of the recent shelter problems.

"Of course I have to tell them we only serve the citizens of Southaven, but I do give them alternate websites and numbers in the city of Memphis,' Mason said.

Mason said because of the situation at the Memphis Animal Shelter, people are a bit leery of the care the animals receive, but he says care at the Southaven Animal Shelter is the number one priority, so pets can find good homes.

You can see pictures of animals available for adoption at the shelter by clicking here. For more information about animal shelters in DeSoto County, call 662-429-5013.

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