POSTED: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 1:16pm
Longview, TX — An 11-member Animal Shelter Task Force put together by Longview Mayor Jay Dean met for the first time Wednesday. The group is tasked with finding a solution to the city’s unwanted animal overpopulation problem.
Dean said he and city council members have unsuccessfully wrestled with the issue for three years.
The task of finding a solution now rests with veterinarians, animal rights activists, a businessman, a former city councilman and representatives from the Humane Society of Northeast Texas.
“The charge is real simple — we want to save the animals,” Dean said.
More unwanted animals, from Longview as well as surrounding communities, are routinely dropped off at the Humane Society of Northeast Texas. Because of overcrowding, each month about 700 of the 1,000 animals abandoned there are euthanized.
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