Veterinarian, group plan animal shelter
Gilmer — Here’s what it sounds like when the stray animal population explodes:
“‘Someone dumped a dog on me, I’m going to dump it on someone else,’” Gilmer veterinarian Cherie Nazzal said, quoting one excuse she heard for pet overpopulation that has spurred her and others to lay ground for a new animal shelter.
“It’s like people, when they take in a pet, that is a long-term commitment,” Nazzal said. “It isn’t just to see if it’s going to work.”
Sometimes pets are dumped by people who tried to make money on them in a Walmart parking lot: “ ‘We’re just going to leave them there,’ ” Nazzal said.
The veterinarian was aware a similar problem in Gregg County is moving the Longview City Council to build a new animal center there.
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