Vicksburg Animal Shelter Phase Two Planning Approved After Dog Attacks Woman – The Vicksburg Post
The Vicksburg Mayor and Aldermen’s Council approved a motion to move to phase two planning for the new animal sanctuary, conceptual design, on the donated property on 4845 US Highway 61 South at the board meeting Friday.
South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour, Jr. said it was not just an issue of animal safety, but also of human safety. Monsour said he received an email from a voter who was attacked by a dog in Vicksburg in recent weeks. According to him, she was cutting grass, opened her gate and then the dog attacked her. Although Monsour has said he doesn’t know the details beyond that, he knows his number one job is to protect taxpayers.
“Under animal control, the first thing we’re supposed to do is protect the public from vicious animals,” Monsour said.
Monsour said there are municipal ordinances regarding animals and the city has been relaxed for some of them. He said that would no longer be the case with regard to vicious animals, as it is a matter of public safety.
“We’re going to do what’s right for these animals, but we’re also going to protect people from what’s going on with these vicious animals,” Monsour said. “When [attacks] happen, we will fix it by the order. We will obey the law, and I expect the owners of these animals to obey the law as well. “
Monsour said he believes everyone needs to do each other a favor and review Vicksburg’s animal ordinances.
In article 4-1 of the ordinances on animals and poultry, a vicious animal is defined as an animal which has previously bitten or attacked someone, or an animal whose owner knows that it could tend to attack or to bite. Section 4-2C states that it is illegal for anyone to keep a vicious animal in the city, and any animal found off the premises can be seized and killed if necessary.
If a dog has bitten someone, it must be reported within 24 hours and the animal will be confined for an observation period. If it turns out to be too vicious to be safely impounded, the animal may be killed and sent to the state laboratory for rabies examination, per section 4-3.
Monsour said this is the side people don’t want to talk about regarding the need for an animal shelter quickly, but it’s an important aspect because it affects public safety.
“This lady could very well have died of it, so it’s time to speak to both sides,” Monsour said. “If they want to blame me for protecting the public but we also protect pets, so be it.”
Monsour said he saw the donated building that was so graciously donated for the animal shelter, and it is adequate for what is needed.
“There are three things we need to remember,” Monsour said. “We move to protect the animals, we move to have a safe and secure place and we also move to give them humane treatment by giving them enough space where we don’t have to worry about running out of space. . This is what we are looking for.
Monsour said that for human and animal safety, the city must move to phase two. The second phase is the stage where the board of directors will determine the costs and determine the design of the building. He said this will be the stage where they decide if the current plan will work and that they can afford the shelter there.
“It is our responsibility to take the next step because without moving forward we cannot come to a resolution on this, ”Monsour said.