By Cain Madden/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – When an animal is caught by animal control, it has to have somewhere to go.
Baldwyn Veterinarian Hospital previously provided services to hold, adopt and euthanize Saltillo’s captured animals at $25 an animal. Costs increased and the fee was going to be raised to $65 an animal.
The city decided to bid this service out and discovered the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society could match the $25 an animal rate. The humane society also could adopt out more animals, so the board voted unanimously Tuesday night to switch to TLHS.
“That’s a good thing for the dogs and cats,” City Clerk Mary Parker said.
TLHS Executive Director Debbie Hood said smaller communities do not have holding places for animals, yet the cities have to enforce the leash law.
Hood estimated owners of pets reclaim 75 percent of the animals received from the smaller communities. An owner has five days to reclaim an animal and then it becomes the property of the humane society by state law.
“Five days is a short period of time,” Hood said. “I urge anyone who is missing a pet to contact us immediately.”
Since October, Saltillo animal control has caught 60 animals.