Harlingen leads effort to bring pet shelter to Willacy

RAYMONDVILLE — Across Willacy County, stray dogs and cats are running “out of control.”

That’s why the Harlingen Humane Society wants to open a dog holding center and cat sanctuary here.

In a meeting Thursday, county commissioners delayed action on the organization’s request to donate county land for the project.

The county, whose financial crisis led officials to eliminate a lone animal control officer’s job, does not have an animal shelter.

“There are a lot of animals all over the county and it’s out of control,” George Solis, Precinct 2’s justice of the peace, said yesterday. “It’s everywhere.”

Pat Turman-White, the Harlingen Humane Society’s president, is asking for about an acre to build the dog holding center and cat sanctuary.

Turman-White said she plans to ask Willacy County businesses and landowners to donate $75,000 to $100,000 for the project.

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