By Wyatt Goolsby
PECOS - Don't rest on your laurels. That's the message to the Pecos City Council from the local Humane Society. Members told NewsWest 9 on Thursday night they'll have plenty to say about how to make animal conditions better in the city.
"I think the people need to understand that unless we move forward, it's not going to change," Lori Hughes, with the Pecos Humane Society, said on Wednesday.
Currently, the work is on to finish construction on a new animal shelter in Pecos. Hughes said it will be a big plus, but there's still plenty of animal issues for the city.
"We felt like we need to get these in before the new pound opens because these are things that are going to have to be changed, or you are going to have the same situation that we have with the old pound," Hughes explained. "You can open a new pound, but if you don't have some things implemented and in place, you are going to have the same problems."
There are multiple issues addressed on a long list from the Humane Society. Everything from requests for more officers at the new shelter, to their support of a no chaining law for dogs.
"Dogs are chained all over town, and anybody that knows anything about chaining is once you chain a dog, they're the ones that are going to break the chain, and they are going to bite," Hughes added. "They are territorial. That's just the way dogs are."
In addition, the group is calling for tougher penalties for animal cruelty. They also told NewsWest 9, it's too costly for the city to keep the Pecos Zoo open. While some disagree on the issues, Hughes said it's important to talk about it now that the shelter is moving closer to getting finished.
"So let's keep improving it. Pecos has been this way for years, and it's time for a change, it's time to clean up the city," Hughes said.
Members of the Humane Society will take their concerns and requests to the City Council meeting on Thursday. They said while there has been a lot of progress, like with the new shelter, they said there's still plenty more that needs to be done.