The city of Ellisville in Mississippi does pick up stray pets but doesn’t offer pet adoptions. Instead, it holds the pets in rusted cages inside a small concrete building with just 2 windows and no air conditioning. A quick check of the weather forecast for Ellisville shows temperatures in the 90s this week with humidity this morning at 85%.
If no owner claims the animals after 5 days, they are killed. It’s unclear to me how an owner would find their lost pet at this building since no one actually works there. There is a city employee assigned to feeding, watering and cleaning the facility but that person works in a different department and tends to the animals on the side. The mayor says everything is fine:
[Mayor Tim] Waldrup added the facility is not new, but it’s adequate and it meets all the laws they need to meet. He says animals brought to the facility are humanely euthanized after five days at an area veterinarian if not claimed by the owner and the city pays for a proper burial.
How thoughtful. After keeping the animals in a hellhole for 5 days then killing them, the city “pays for a proper burial” which evokes images of a pet cemetery and floral arrangements. In reality, what the city is paying for is probably dumping the bodies of pets at an area landfill. Ellisville taxpayers must demand better of their elected officials.
(Thank you Arlene for sending me this story.)