The Big Spring Animal And Adoption Committee Hasn't Met In 6 Months

Big Spring mayor says change needs to be made

BIG SPRING, Texas (Local 2/FOX 24) - It's been six months since the Big Spring Animal and Adoption Committee has held a meeting. 

Over the span of those months, committee meetings had been canceled due to not meeting the quorum. 

The committee has only been active a little over a year and very little has been accomplished.

Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan was one of the main advocates for bringing the committee back in 2016 and is not satisfied with the results. 

"This is something I think is very important to a lot of people in Big Spring," said McLellan. 

The lack of consistency from the members of the committee was the very same reason the committee disbanded years ago. 

"There's a commitment there, and we need to fulfill that commitment," said McLellan. 

McLellan cites committee members dealing with sickness and personal matters during the majority of the summer, but doesn't understand why it's still an issue now. 

"I think once it started to where you had a couple that were not here, it just drifted down to no one attending the meeting," said McLellan. 

Items that were on the committee's to-do-list that were never accomplished include: lowering spay and neuter costs and offering a pet emergency class for Big Spring residents. 

McLellan says he understands those are needs in a city that has overcrowded animal shelters. 

"We feel like we can reduce the animal kill in the shelter by having a committee that can get out there and spread the word," said McLellan. 

Now, McLellan knows there needs to be a fresh start. 

"I think its gotten to the point that we really are going to have to start over and let everyone apply again and make sure that they have a commitment to move this program forward," said McLellan. 

McLellan says he plans to discuss the fate of the committee at a future city council meeting, which has not been scheduled at this time. 

He also plans to allow current committee members to re-apply, but hopes to have a new set of committed members in January. 

 


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