Alcorn County needs restrictions on dogs roaming freely and the number of animals a person can have, the animal control officer said this week.
Presenting an activity report to the Board of Supervisors on Monday, Luke Doehner talked about the ongoing problems with loose canines. He said he is not advocating a leash law but that people are required to exercise some control over their pets.
“Right now, they can run free anywhere in the county, and every time somebody gets a new dog out in the county, they run loose,” said Doehner. “Their neighbors start complaining because there are dogs in their yard, dogs in the garden, attacking their dogs. They feel restricted and can’t get out of the house. There’s no way to really control that until we can pass some kind of an ordinance.”
County animal control was called out on 27 cases through the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department or 911 during the time frame of the report, and animal control responded to another 59 cases that were reported by concerned parties.
“Multiple animals were involved in a lot of these calls,” said Doehner.
Two cases of criminal prosecution occurred.
Animal control picked up 72 dogs and took them to the animal shelter. Of those, 47 were never reclaimed by the owner. However, 40 of them got new homes, while seven were euthanized because they were vicious or extremely sick.
Eighty-six dogs were returned to their owners and avoided a trip to the pound.
“Our goal is to handle the issue but also help educate the people in the county on state and local animal laws,” said Doehner.
They also share information about proper animal care, potential liability for damage caused by roaming pets, and the opportunity to have pets spayed or neutered through the ACSpay program.
The report was presented alongside the annual report of the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter.