By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.
A tense situation is now far from resolved as the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Humane Society are locked in a struggle for control over the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter.
A lease that had expired, several complaints from citizens, past and present board members and other concerns listed in a release from the city are the basis for taking immediate control of the facility. Thursday morning a hand delivered letter of demand gave notice that the city would take over within three days.
“Nobody saw this coming,” said acting President Becky Johnson, “they are affecting a lot of animals and workers and we are doing our best to react.”
According to Laura Johnson, who has been managing the shelter now for well over a year, representatives from the City of Port Isabel demanded copies of the keys last Friday morning, this after a meeting on the February 10th of this year in which the city first informed the shelter of its intentions.
“They sent us an email on Wednesday, had a meeting on Thursday,” and by Friday morning they were demanding the keys.”
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