Staff at the Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter are battling the winter weather this week.

Not only have water lines froze and busted again at the aging Proper Street shelter, but additional portions of the floor in parts of the facility are giving way.

Director Charlotte Doehner told the Daily Corinthian on Monday that preparations were made prior to the winter weather arriving but nothing seemed to work.

“We left water dripping and wrapped pipes, as well as left a heater running, and the pipes still froze,” said Doehner. “This happens almost every time we have below freezing weather ... some things give us so much trouble in this old building.”

City and county officials have committed to moving the shelter to a new building. Current plans are to develop an animal shelter facility on Norman Road in the former Mississippi Department of Corrections facility.

The need for certain items to help keep the old building warm for the many dogs and cats are endless added the director.

“Electric heaters are needed to provide some extra heat. It is so difficult to keep this building warm with it is falling apart in places,” she said. “We also are in desperate need of blankets and tarps, and could also use some puppy chow – we have a large population of puppies right now.”

Doehner said the busted pipes have created extra work for the small staff.

“We are having the haul water to everyone,” she said. “In the middle of all this, we have had a momma dog who has had puppies.”

The current population at the shelter is 209 dogs and cats.

To offer help or donate items, contact the shelter at 662-284-5800.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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