Residents, councilwoman protest new animal shelter - - Jackson, MS

Residents, councilwoman protest new animal shelter

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

About 20 people gathered on Mayes Street in north Jackson Thursday morning to protest a new animal shelter scheduled to open in the neighborhood.

The Animal Rescue Fund is in the process of moving more than 300 dogs and cats into its new facility in an old Warehouse on Mayes Street.

The animals had been housed in Rankin County, but the Rankin County Board of Supervisors gave the shelter until Nov. 30 to move or build an expensive new building.

Jackson City Councilwoman Larita Cooper-Stokes led the protest Thursday.

"You know this dog pound is something that this community does not want," Copper-Stokes said. "I believe that if this was a white community, we wouldn't be having this problem today."

Forty-five-year-old Johnny Bailey lives in the neighborhood and works for the Animal Rescue Fund. He hopes it stays.

"I don't see the problem. We are rescuing animals, there are plenty of dogs running around here," Bailey said.

Executive Director Pippa Jackson says all they need to get a certificate of occupancy is have a handicap ramp installed and gas hooked up to the building.

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