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HSSM: Biloxi strays need to come through Animal Control

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

If you find a stray animal in the city of Biloxi, call Animal Control. That's the message from the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

The organization is making a slight change to the way they take in strays from Biloxi. The hope is to bring the agency's costs under control while still fulfilling the mission of caring for homeless and lost pets.

Coast cities contract HSSM to take in strays. According to the Humane Society, the animals brought in by animal control officers are paid for by the respective city governments. But HSSM must pay for the animals brought directly to the shelter. This change in procedure is an attempt to control the organization's costs.

HSSM will still accept any and all strays from the Biloxi area, as long as they are brought in by Biloxi Animal Control. Biloxi Animal Control can be reached at (228) 392-0641 or Biloxi Police Department main dispatch at (228) 435-6100.

Last year, Biloxi Animal Control officers brought in 634 stray and abandoned pets, while the public brought in 264 stray pets of their own accord.

Biloxi pet owners seeking to surrender their animals to HSSM must book an intake appointment by calling HSSM's Pet Surrender Department at (228) 863-3354 ext. 124 or 125.

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