Shelter Expenses Soar

Harrison County will pay almost 20-thousand dollars more over the next year in animal control fees. Those are the fees the Humane Society of South Mississippi charges the county and each city to hold stray animals that animal control officers bring to the shelter.

The interim shelter director told the supervisors today that the fee hike is based on the number of animals that came in from the county last year, and expectations that the number will increase. Nearly three thousand of the 17-thousand animals that were brought to the shelter last year, came from the un-incorporated areas. The director says as long as the number keeps going up, so will animal control fees.