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Residents Claim Sulphur Animal Shelter is Unfit for Use

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SULPHUR, OK -- Residents are pleading for improvements to the Sulphur City Pound. With winter setting in and no heating in the building, they are urging the council to act immediately.

As the floor opened to allow public discussion at the council's October 8th meeting, Melissa Lapointe described a condition that many people believe is unfit for even a stray dog.

"The electricity isn't acceptable in there right now. If you turn the light on, which, I think only one bulb is working, and you turn the exhaust fan on, it blows the breaker," Lapointe told the council.

She and others say the current building doesn't live up to Sulphur's own code. City Manager Billy Holley defended the city's work.

"We're meeting our responsibility, which is a legal one, with the program that we have now," Holley said.

He also clarified the city's responsibility by explaining what type of facility they actually run.

"We operate an impound, not a shelter," said Holley.

One resident stepped up to speak against the group of animal advocates, saying she hoped 9th city will work to improve the lives of humans over dogs.

"This is a doggie jail, not a doggie hotel," the resident said in a letter read aloud to the council.

But as cold weather sets in, Lapointe had one simple plea.

"We need to get in there and at least fix that facility. If the city can't help us with anything else right now, at least let us fix the building, bring it up to code. We have to do that."

Council member Ronald Fondren seemed moved by the presentation.

"All I'm hearing people say is, whatever we have, we need to make sure it's warm, make sure they're kept cool. I don't think it's unreasonable to have some kind of bed for an animal to lay on. I mean, there is some basic things that I think if we would do that, that would be acceptable to everybody. I don't think anyone disagrees with that," Fondren said.

Fondren made a motion to commit to improving facilities. Darryl Carter also asked his fellow council members to allow volunteers access to the shelter to help with maintenance as well as socialization with the animals.

Neither motion was seconded, and fell flat before the council. But the council will revisit the issue later in the month.