Thursday, December 22, 2011
Stray dogs create concerns
By SUE WATSON
An intractable problem of what to do about abandoned dogs on Higdon Road was recently brought before the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.
Rev. R.J. Wilson, who recently moved to the area near the store on Higdon Road, said dogs are out of control.
The dogs are knocking over garbage containers, following householders into their residences and otherwise being a nuisance, he said.
“My neighbor came home from work and a couple of dogs followed her into her house,” he said.
Supervisor Willie Flemon said people have been dumping off animals at that spot (Old Highway 178 East and Higdon Road) for a long time.
“People don’t need to be feeding them,” he said. “Strays get scattered among people’s houses.”
Wilson said he was advised to take the dog problem to Oxford or Tupelo – that the Marshall County Humane Society will not accept them.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said the county ordinances allow the sheriff to pick up dangerous and vicious dogs but not strays that are hungry but not dangerous.
“What difference does it make?” Wilson asked. “They are knocking cans over and coming on my property. I can’t say if they are vicious. I do not know whose dogs they are.”
He said strays have been a constant problem since he moved there.
Flemon said the problem is that Wilson’s house is the closest to the store where people are dumping the dogs off. Some people are feeding the dogs, Wilson said, so they do not leave.
The dog catcher had been sent out but Wilson said he was told the sheriff does not have enough traps to keep them there.
Bennett said the county does not keep lots of traps because there are not many calls for vicious dogs.
Larry Hall, county administrator, suggested the city of Holly Springs may take up the problem because it has a nuisance ordinance for dogs.
“I don’t want to be standing outside watching my can (waiting on the garbage truck),” Wilson said. “I’m getting old.”
He suggested the county work up an ordinance to deal with stray dogs and offered to help work to get one. He said he pays his taxes on time and wants service for his tax dollars.
Bennett said four or five dogs can be seen up and down Higdon Road about any time, especially when people are feeding them.
Wilson suggested putting up a sign saying do not feed animals. Supervisor George Zinn III asked rhetorically if there is any law against feeding them.
At this juncture, Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said any dog that is threatening or chasing a person can be shot. Then he offered to send the dog catcher to set traps.
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