LONGVIEW — The Humane Society of Northeast Texas is expected to open its doors today, more than a week after closing the Enterprise Street facility due to a viral outbreak.
On Monday, a California animal rescuer who worked with the Longview shelter released emails to the News-Journal suggesting the shelter discontinued vaccinations that might have prevented the outbreak. Humane Society of Northeast Texas Board President Susan Mazarakes-Gill said the allegation is untrue.
Since 1972, the shelter has operated as a nonprofit group on funds from contracts with Longview, Gregg County and several other local governments, along with public donations and fees for adoptions and other services. Longview City Council members and Gregg County commissioners this fall authorized one-year deals with the Humane Society for animal sheltering services through Sept. 30.