Regaining control

Animal disease outbreak

has broader consequence

The unfortunate and emotionally painful parvo outbreak that killed most of the animals in the Tupelo-Lee Humane Shelter should be thoroughly explained by the organization's volunteer board of directors, and steps should be taken to prevent other outbreaks, especially if human error is proven to a definite contributing cause.

We hope people who support the humane shelter and the society will be patient and understanding. Parvo is a common communicable disease among some animals, and it is frequently fatal.

The shelter and society, like all volunteer, non-profit organizations, depend enormously on public good will and generosity, including local governments contributing money to sustain services.

One of the four employees who quit in protest after the parvo outbreak was the animal control officer whose job is rounding up stray, feral, and abandoned animals.

Now, until a replacement is found, that important position is vacant.

Would it be better if the animal control officer's work were separated entirely from the shelter except the delivery of animals, with the position funded as a city or city/county job?

A vacancy in the position creates situations in which frustrated citizens could assume animal control action on their own that could endanger themselves and other people - and result in inhumane treatment of animals.

The issue needs a quick resolution.

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