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Letter to the editor

April 18, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Need for Animal Shelter

The inadequate animal control facility accurately mirrors what I consider to be a lack of esteem or even concern for the work that has been done by Marshall's current animal control officers and the volunteers/rescue personnel who regularly assist them. The average age of an animal control facility in Texas is 17, which puts Marshall's at one of the oldest in the state at 50 years old. Supporters of the new building have vociferously advocated for years, and right now they are being undermined by who should be accountable city officials. They are focusing on political gamesmanship as opposed to doing meaningful work for their community.

I am a determined supporter of no-kill (90 percent save rate), and I am hopeful that Marshall will eventually become a candidate for conversion to that philosophy and practice. It has a long way to go, but those elected to office have a responsibility to start this important work. As we supporters have emphasized tirelessly, animal control is a complex task to be handled by city government. It has been outsourced to local nonprofits for too long, and insisting that it should stay that way is active negligence.

By: Mara Hartsell, Rosenberg



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