Mississippi County judge addresses concerns over animal control

Mississippi County judge addresses concerns over animal control

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A county-wide animal control facility may not be on the horizon in Mississippi County.

County Judge Randy Carney said out of the 17 cities in the county, only 3 have their own animal control facilities.

"The rest of the towns and cities are small and can't really afford their own animal shelter," Carney said. "If these smaller towns can come together and put their resources together, maybe we can build something."

A few years ago, Carney created a volunteer board to look into what it would take to create a county-wide animal shelter.

"The county is not going to be responsible from a financial standpoint," Carney said. "We have agreed to give them a parcel of land out by the county road department to place it. They can build a building and if for whatever reason it doesn't work out after a year or 2, then they can leave and the county has a new building."

Carney said he understands the need for a shelter but the county is in a financial bind.

"The quorum court is not against having one, it's just we don't have the resources at this time to support a county animal shelter," said Carney.

Carney said the chairman of the committee has received a lot of support from the community. He said she's already raised $40,000.

"Once we maybe begin the building process, I suspect that interest will grow," Carney said.

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