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Rankin Co. animal shelter given more time to move

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Rankin County animal shelter has been given an extension on its deadline to move to Hinds County.

The Animal Rescue Fund, or ARF, on Holly Bush Road had been ordered to relocate by November 15. 

The three year old animal shelter in rural Rankin County has hundreds of dogs and cats. Complaints from neighbors caused supervisors to craft an ordinance which required putting the animals in a building. They are now in open pens.  

A building has been found on West Mayes Street in Jackson and is being renovated by Yates Construction Company.  A room full of spectators watched supervisors revise the deadline for the move.  

"I am sorry about the amount of money, time and effort that we spent, work, in the location we tried, but the new location is better all the way around," said Elizabeth "Pippa" Jackson with ARF. 

The attorney for the rescue group is Keith Turner of the law firm Watkins and Eager. 

"It's unfortunate that the shelter she constructed and everything, will not be satisfactory to the county. And so we had to move," said Turner."We are not happy about it." 

Supervisor Wood Brown told us later all of the members of the Board of Supervisors are animal lovers. 

"We just adopted an ordinance so we would have some guidelines to go by," said Brown. 

The manager of the rescue facility, Donnie Moore, says people are throwing animals out of the windows of cars driving by the facility. 

"Sometimes they drop them, and sometimes they just sling them out the window," said Moore. 

Moore says people who will do that to an animal are sorry and should be in jail. 

ARF has until November 30 to move 250 dogs and 32 cats to Mayes Street in Jackson.  

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