SPCA asks court of commissioners for funding to ease overcrowding
The fate of stray animals in East Texas lies with the office of animal control or staying on the streets.
TYLER, Texas— **EDITOR’S NOTE — the attached video was made in February 2022
The East Texas SPCA is pleading with the Smith County Court of Commissioners to increase its budget to help reduce overcrowding of stray animals in the community.
The SPCA has reached a record number of animals in its facility, reaching approximately 160 cats and dogs. After sending nearly 50 animals in a transport truck to New England, they are still overflowing with animals with no way to help other animals in desperate need of help throughout the county and community.
“The community is drowning in parasites – our clinic and administrative offices have become a virtual shelter,” Dobbs said. “We’ve never had so many animals in our care…and we can’t take any more until we take another form of transportation.”
Although the SPCA is 100% community-based and supported, in addition to grants, the large influx of animals in need led them to begin urging the commissioners court and the county to increase their budget to help support the office. county animal control.
Their shelter isn’t the only one struggling with overcrowding, as the community’s surrounding shelters are at an impasse over population size: they can no longer accommodate stray animals, leading to the only options dispose these animals to be the animal control office or stay on the streets.
“While we understand the county has many other priorities, an uncontrolled stray dog population is currently occurring in Smith County and in my opinion is the highest it has ever been in the past few years. last 15 years,” Dobbs explained.
The current problem for the Smith County Animal Control office is that although they have room for 82 kennels, once the animal population exceeds 47 they must euthanize the animals. Also, the office is understaffed – they currently have a full-time position tending to the animals they pick up around the county.
Also, any stray animals found cannot be turned over to the county office; their office does not allow the public to give them strays like the SPCA or other humane societies in town.
These issues have come to a head as the county and the SPCA investigate a current case in Smith County where more than 20 pets were abandoned and neglected. The SPCA does not have the space to rescue all of the animals associated with this case, which has led them to start their way to Commissioners Court to help alleviate the county office’s lack of funding in conjunction with overcrowding. known to all shelters.
Dobbs explained: “We urge the commissioners to review their budget this year and make allocations, urgent allocations, for them to complete their installation and come up with an admission and surrender policy.”
Pending the court of commissioners‘ decision, Dobbs detailed how best to ensure Smith County and all of East Texas limit their stray dog overcrowding problem.
“Neutering and neutering is the solution to everybody’s problem,” Dobbs said. “If you really boil it all down and say ‘why are we in this position we’re in’ as a county, it’s because we need to spay and neuter our pets.”
For those interested in adopting a new furry friend, they can visit the East Texas SPCA website, where donations can also be made to the facility.