Thursday, November 2, 2006
Humane Society recovers expenses in neglect case
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Humane Society has, for the first time ever, recovered the cost of treating neglected animals in Marshall County Justice Court, according to treasurer Dan Gaw.
Judge Eugene Brown awarded the Humane Society permanent custody of three dogs after finding the dogs neglected by the owner. Brown also imposed a judgement for $1,477 in a costs of care lien. The former owner of the dogs has 30 days to appeal the case.
Gaw said the first animal was found emaciated and while a deputy was serving an order to pick up the dog, two more animals were found, one other severely emaciated and a third in poor health.
Gaw said the owner had sought to recover the animals but the Humane Society asked the court not to allow the animals to be returned to the owner, a resident of the Mt. Pleasant area.
The animals are under the care of the Humane Society. Pending the completion of the court action and any possible appeal, the dogs may be put up for adoption after they are restored to full health.
“Our number one concern at the Humane Society is the care of these animals,” he said. “The other thing we would like people to know, we need people to get involved. If they are interested we would like them to join the Marshall County Humane Society and help save animals.”
The Society is trying to promote responsible pet ownership, he said.
“We have a low-cost spay/neuter program, and we also want to encourage people to abide by the law and keep their pets on their own property and keep them healthy,” he said. “If everybody would do that, this would be a much better place for everybody - for people and the animals.”
To contact the Marshall County Humane Society to make a donation or to volunteer at the Adoption Center, call 662-252-2900 or write the Society at P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, Miss., 38635.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, Gaw said the Adoption Center will try to adopt out as many puppies, dogs and cats as possible before the holidays.
“They will make great pets, Christmas presents, and will be a wonderful addition to your family,” he said.
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