Southaven names new animal control director

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 ( 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,

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