Marshall Commissioner proposes additional $500,000 for new animal shelter

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(KTAL/KMSS) A resolution has been added to the agenda of Marshall Texas City Commission’s March 28 meeting that pledges more than a half-million dollars to the $362,000 already committed in reserves to build a new animal shelter.

The resolution commits to “an additional amount up to $538,000 to be added to the amount already appropriated to enable private fundraising to proceed, reducing the burden to the taxpayers for the construction and equipping of a new animal shelter.”

The resolution, which was placed on the agenda by District 3 Commissioner Terri Brown, explains that the current animal shelter, which was built in 1969 and has less than 1,500 square feet. 

In 2005, the City of Marshall assumed control of the current shelter from the Harrison County Humane Society, and it now takes in more than 3,000 animals per year.

The resolution claims a new, larger facility will allow the shelter to become a low-kill operation, and “bring into sights the ideal of a no-kill operation.” 

Three years ago, another Marshall City Commission derailed plans for a new shelter that had been in the works since 2012 and $200,000 allocated for it. But in February 2016, five of the seven Commissioners voted to take away that funding and use it for other projects. 

Of those seven, only two remain on the current Commission, and they both voted to pull the funding.   

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