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ETX organization challenges animal shelter's problems


An East Texas organization is getting ready to tackle some tough issues that have been surrounding the Humane Society of Northeast Texas in Longview.

The organization, All Hearts 4 Paws, will be hosting their first public meeting at the Longview Public Library Tuesday at 6:30pm.

"The issues that we are going to be addressing are the overpopulation and how the citizens of Longview are treating their pets. The way animals are being treated at home and the way they are getting rid of their pets on the streets, or abandoning them at the shelter," says Megan Jacobus, All Hearts 4 Paws.

Jacobus says they are looking to address the issues with the Longview shelter head on.

Over the past year, the Longview shelter has seen its share of problems from a distemper and parvo outbreak, to overpopulation.

"I will agree with them on the overpopulation.  As far as diseases, any time you live in the south you're going to have parvo or distemper come through; especially in the summer time. As for cleanliness I would hold our facility against any standard in the state," says Stuart Russell, Interim Director for the Humane Society of Northeast Texas.

Russell says they can hold 140 animals, but have received about 1000 a month since the spring to summer.

As of right now the shelter is taking in animals from five different counties.

"You take five counties worth of problems and you put in this little shelter built 30 years ago. It's time for us to move on; it's time for us to grow. So I can appreciate people thinking that we have a problem, but  I do sometimes wish people, before they would point out things they've heard, that they would come down here and investigate it themselves, or let me give them a tour and put their mind at ease," says Russell.

"We're looking for the city and county to come up with a solution, possibly together, to try and fix the shelter and make a new one. We believe that they have the resources and the ability to do that," says Jacobus.

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