Letter to the editor
March 22, 2017 at 4 a.m.
Among other things, there is inadequate land at the present site to provide necessary expansion. Recognizing these facts, as early as 2012 the city commission began studying ways and means to replace the current shelter.
Finally, in 2015 the city commission provided $200,000 per year for the 2016 and 2017 budget to begin construction of a new shelter. A new site, on city-owned property near the City Arena, has been selected.
Meanwhile, more than $5,000 has been raised in contributions to the city for a new shelter and the group Friends of Marshall Animals has raised thousands. The combined funds of both are well over $10,000 thus far, and it is anticipated more can be raised when plans are completed and the project will at last be underway.
Since more than half the animals that come through the shelter come from the county, outside the city limits, we believe efforts to partner with Harrison County to contribute their fair share of the cost of the new shelter will be more fruitful once needless delays and postponements are ended and work is begun.
In spite of all the evidence that only a new animal shelter can meet state standards and relieve Marshall's bleak and inadequate program for caring for sick, injured and lost animals, there are still some people who question whether this is an important or necessary function of government.
In fact, it is an important health and safety issue, which is why animal control is under the jurisdiction of the Marshall Police Department.
Furthermore, it is an important and needed service to all residents of Marshall, whether they have pets or not. Who has not seen abandoned animals wandering our streets and roads? Who has not seen stray and lost animals wounded and killed by automobiles?
Who has not tried to rescue lost or injured animals only to find that on weekends or nights there is no one to call, nowhere to take them? Who does not know someone who's own pet dog or cat has wandered off and before it could be located was destroyed because there was not room at the shelter to house them before their owners could find them?
And who among us does not believe that we are better than this?
By: Bridget Fugler, Vice President of Friends of Marshall Animals