By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Board members for a newly-organized animal shelter, the Corinth Alcorn Animal Shelter, on Monday asked the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors for its approval to operate the shelter funded by the county and the cities of Corinth and Farmington.
Speaking on behalf of a seven-member board for the new nonprofit, Charlotte Doehner said they had begun work on Monday with three staff members of the shelter formerly operated by the Corinth-Alcorn County Humane Society, which ended its operation of the shelter Sunday.
“We have reviewed the facility and, with some minor repairs, a lot of cleaning and organization, we can operate here until a new facility is built,” Doehner said of the Property Street county-owned building.
Supervisors thanked the new organization’s volunteer board members for quickly stepping in to handle an emergency situation at the shelter. They also approved making the shelter’s monthly budget payment to the new organization, as long as the group meets state legal requirements to receive the funds, said county attorney Robert Krohn.
Within the past week the city of Corinth has helped develop a plan to build a new facility on the current property to replace the old building, which former board members said was in substandard condition.
All of the animals previously housed at the shelter were adopted out, and Doehner said they now are working on cleanup, but should be back in operation by the end of the week.
Until further notice, only animals picked up by the Corinth animal control officer are being accepted at the facility.