SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - The city of Southaven has a new director of animal control.
For the past six years, Perry Mason has been an animal control officer with the Southaven Animal Shelter. This week, the 53-year-old Mason was promoted by city officials to serve as the new director of animal control, a position the city has not filled for several years.
Mason tells the Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/PpQPnG) that his promotion means he can hire another animal control officer. He now oversees a staff of 4.
Mason says whoever he hires has to be compassionate and willing to work hard because it is not a 9 to 5 job.
Mason and animal control officer Cindy Stewart alternate working a 7-day week. Last year, they answered more than 2,100 calls.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com