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A dog's life in Helena-West Helena

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Is the mayor of Helena-West Helena: a) insensitive b) cruel c) a dumbass d) all of the above?

Perhaps we should feed and water the mayor and cut him loose over by Lake Peckerwood.

The statement mayor James Valley issued about release of dogs from the city "shelter" is on the jump.

 

LETTER FROM MAYOR JAMES VALLEY

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This morning we began the process of dealing with our animal shelter problem. I have met, today, with Ms. Gloria Higginbotham. She is heading up a committee to create a county-wide animal shelter and perhaps with the participation of all governmental units, we can provide the kind of facility that will be deemed appropriate.

In the mean time, we are or have released all but a few our those animals heretofore housed at the sanitation shop. We fed and watered them and took them to the St. Francis National Forest and released them to freedom. We are disassembling the pens or fences and will not any longer house or keep any of these animals. This problem is dogging us and taking away from our ability to focus on the greater good for the community as a whole. One of our animal control officers has been to the hospital three times in as many months. Twice for bites and once for a severally sprain ankle growing out of incidents with these animals.

When Ms. Higginbotham's full plan is revealed, I plan to support it and assist her and the group in caring for our animals.

I just wanted to let you know.

Sincerely,
 

James F. Valley

 

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