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DeSoto Co. sees increase in abandoned pets

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Animal shelters in DeSoto County have reported a steep increase in abandoned pets and officials say the nation's struggling economy is partially to blame.

Southaven Animal Control Officer and shelter supervisor Perry Mason says he picked up 10 abandoned dogs during a four-hour period one day last week. And Ann McClain at the Horn Lake Animal Shelter says a dog recently had to be rescued from the back yard of a vacant home.

Both say many pets have been abandoned as their owners moved to new locations or could no longer provide for their needs.

DeSoto County Animal Shelter Director Larry Houston said in recent months about three people a week are dropping off their pets, leaving the shelter at about three-quarters capacity.    

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Information from: DeSoto Times Today, http://www.desototimes.com             

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