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Concerned residents plan to get strays off of the streets

(WMC-TV) – There is a new plan in Tippah County to get stray animals off of the streets.

Without an animal shelter, hundreds of stray animals roam with nowhere to go, and nothing to eat.

Angela Colucci is a dog trainer who rescued a stray dog named Chance. He was starving when she found him.

"It brings me to tears, I mean, there have been many times where I had to drive off, I couldn't bring him home, I can't bring them all home," she said.

After fattening Chance up, she is fostering him and three others because there is no place for stray dogs to go in Tippah County or its seat of Ripley, Mississippi.

"It's a no-win situation right now around here. You can pick an animal up today and tomorrow, they'll have two back out there in its place," said Robert Page, Ripley Animal Control.

Robert Page is the city's only line of defense, and says he is up against a mountain.

"A lot of people can't afford to get them fixed so they're having all kinds of pups and they just roam around," said Page.

"Three of the dogs that I acquired were living off of bugs, literally, if they would have been out there another week they would have been dead," said Colucci.

Attorney Joe Murray says last week his office was packed full of advocates who met to fund an animal shelter. The group will look to city and county government along with private grants to help fund their plan.

"There's going to be the capture spay and release, there's going to be the initial foster care program for the animals, and then the ultimate goal will be basically building the shelter that we can house all of the animals here in Tippah county," said Joe Murray.

"To me it's a problem that people have created over time and it's something that we can't ignore, it's something that people need to fix," said Colucci.

Representatives from the city and county say they will wait to hear more detailed plans from the group.

If you would like to get involved you can visit the Save the Strays in Tippah County Facebook page.

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