Rankin's only no-kill shelter probably leaving

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The executive director of Rankin County’s only no-kill animal shelter says it probably will leave the county this year.

Elizabeth Jackson tells The Clarion-Ledger she’s considering a move to Hinds County because of an ordinance and legal fights with neighbors.

Supervisors voted unanimously to require soundproof buildings to house all dogs at shelters. The ordinance also says no more than 15 dogs may be outside at one time.

The Animal Rescue Fund has about 250 dogs at its shelter.

Jackson says the ordinance gives her only seven months to build a new shelter. She says that’s far too little time to raise enough money to pay for architects, designs, permits and materials.

A few neighbors have sued the shelter, complaining of noise and lowered property values.