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MOUNT PLEASANT IS BUILDING A NEW $1.8 MILLION ANIMAL SHELTER

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas - Mount Pleasant, Texas officials said their animal shelter is too small for the thousands of pets that are brought there every year. Now, construction on a new facility is underway.

City officials said they're counting on the public to support the new facility. "Our goal is to reduce the number of animals we have to euthanize," said Mount Pleasant Police Chief Wayne Isbell.

Animal Control Officer Suprenna Rushing added, "We've only got twenty-three dog kennels and ten cat cages available, and we go through those really quick."

Many residents agree that a new shelter is needed badly. Titus County resident Amalia Martin said two to three dogs are dumped in front of her house almost every week. "We can't keep all of them. We keep giving them away and finally we had to bring this last one to the shelter," she said, referring to a five month-old lab puppy mix.

Officials hope once built, their new $1.8 million shelter will help save more lives.

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