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Arkansas mayor draws criticism for releasing shelter dogs into forest

An Arkansas mayor has drawn criticism from animal rights groups for his decision to release 10 shelter dogs into a nearby national forest earlier this week.

Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley says he released the dogs because the city simply couldn't afford to keep them, and it's a move that's drawing heat from local and national animal rights groups.

But Valley says the criticism is a little over the top.

"You would think that from all the e-mails and calls, I just unleashed the world's greatest problem... we're talking about 10 dogs," said Valley.

The Humane Society says they will not likely look into pressing charges against the mayor.

Meanwhile, PETA officials are working with Valley to find a solution to the animal control crisis. PETA has offered to pay for two city animal control officers to attend training in Little Rock, but Valley has yet to announce whether or not he will accept their offer.

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