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Helena-West Helena Mayor Seeks Arrest of Humane Society Director

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR - A mayor who faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing Humane Society work by releasing strays into a national forest now wants charges brought against a Humane Society director.

Mayor James F. Valley is seeking an arrest warrant against Ruby Burton of Monticello on charges of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and commercial burglary.  Valley says in his affidavit filed in Helena-West Helena Municipal Court that Burton and others came on city property without authority, damaged public property, and interfered with city management of stray dogs.

Burton, who heads the Humane Society of Southeast Arkansas, said she was not surprised by the mayor's actions against her.  She said she and her group were trying to remove the strays the city kept in intolerable conditions and she believed they had city permission.

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