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Stray dog problem in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - As of Friday Animal Control officers had not captured the pit bull that mauled nine year old Marquevenia Keys in south Jackson Monday.  During WLBT's reports on this story the cameras caught several dogs wandering the neighborhood.

"There are a lot of animals at large in Jackson," said Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL) Executive Director Debra Boswell.

So what is being done? According to the Mississippi Spay and Neuter Alliance (MSPAN), Jackson Animal Control took in 1,538 animals in 2009 which amounts to roughly four a day with 11 people on staff.  The Mississippi Animal Rescue League took in 14,000 that year with 13 people on staff.

"The city of Jackson, I don't know why they are so limited in what they are able to do.  Whether it is budgetary, staff, whatever it is, but we do get calls everyday," said Boswell.

According Sharon Garner with MSPAN, the root of the problem is owners not fixing their pets.  Last year, the group's Big Fix Clinic performed more than 1,426 spay and neuter surgeries on dogs belonging to metro area residents.  Only 9% came from Jackson owners.

"Pet overpopulation is like the Gulf oil spill, if you don't stop the flow you will never solve the problem," said Garner.

As for the dog that attacked Keys, Jackson Police say Animal Control officers are actively searching.

 MARL in cooperation with veterinarians of Jackson and surrounding communities has developed a plan to provide reduced cost spay/neuter services to pet owners on low or fixed incomes.  For more information call 601-969-1631.

MSPAN's Big Fix Clinic is open to everyone.  In certain zip codes the cost to spay or neuter a cat could be as little as $5 or $15 for a dog. For more information call (866) 901-7729 or (601) 420-2438.

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