Barbara Rider, who said she lives in the northeast part of the county – District 2 – said that in the past eight weeks 24 dogs had been dropped near her home, 18 of them puppies.
“It’s not an animal problem,” she said. “It’s a people problem.”
Rider said the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter is overrun with animals and is trying to cope with the animals they already get. While some people complain that the shelter charges a fee to bring an animal, other people simply leave animals after hours, or drop them outside the building and drive away without ever entering the shelter building.
Rider understands that the shelter must make up a portion of its operating costs in fees, and some people with whom she has discussed the problem suggest that she simply shoot the abandoned animals.
“That’s not in me,” Rider said, “and I shouldn’t have to make that decision.”
Both Farmington and Corinth have animal control officers, and Rider said the county needs to hire someone in that role and pass an ordinance that could be enforced.
She also asked that the county find a way to implement a low-cost spay and neuter program, which she believes would significantly reduce the problem.
The 72-year-old Rider estimates she is spending $50 a day on food for these strays, something she can’t continue to do on a fixed income.
Supervisors listened and thanked Rider for her comments, but took no action.