Stray dogs torment Drew man
by Rory Doyle
Nov 26, 2012 | 2078 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Controversies related to the stray animal overpopulation in Drew heated up again earlier this week.

Resident Jim Dutton has had multiple run-ins with local officials since he began voluntarily caring for a number of strays after the city closed its dog pound in June of 2011.

"I was working in my yard at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon when a police officer showed up and gave me a ticket for allowing dogs to run at large," said Dutton.

"He said an 18-year-old was bitten someplace by my house," added Dutton. "I looked around and asked him which of the six-or-seven dogs we could see laying in my neighbor's yard was the one I was being accused of letting run at large, and which one was suppose to be mine.

"The officer said he had no idea but he was issuing a ticket as the kid filed a complaint."

Drew Police Chief Simon Bush said he could not comment on the incident as it is still under an active investigation.

Dutton claimed he has never declared ownership of the dogs.

"I keep telling the city these are not my dogs — these are the city dogs. I have no liability for any of them."

He was charged with destroying city property and trespassing in July when he cut locks at the pound in an effort to save starving dogs being kept in filthy conditions — despite the fact the pound was officially closed for more than a year.

Charges against him were dropped as Drew Municipal Judge Boyd Atkinson ruled city dogcatcher Floyd “Bob” Fredrick had no authority to charge him.

Dutton said he remains baffled as to why Frederick continues to receive a monthly paycheck from the city and how dogs keep making their way into a closed facility.

Dutton has also been instrumental in forming the group SCARS (Second Chance Animal Rescue Shelter of North Mississippi) in an attempt to humanely care for the stray animals.

The local committee is waiting for acceptance of its application as a non-profit entity to operate a shelter independently from the city.

Dutton said he has a Dec. 3 court date for the ticket he received on Monday.