Established and highly respected rescue suddenly under siege
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Arkabutla Rescue Rehabilitation and Foster (ARRF) is a 501c3 non-profit home based and family run all breed rescue in Arkabutla, MS with emphasis on dogs that have been severely neglected or abused, need rehabilitation or those that would be destroyed, dogs that otherwise would not have a chance at their forever homes. Since founding ARRF Pat Hissong and her team have successfully rehabilitated countless dogs and placed them in loving homes. This rescue works with many other shelters, rescues and Law Enforcement agencies such as Tate County Sherrif's Department to get these animals the help needed to become adopted.
The Hissong's (ARRF) applied for a "conditional special use" permit and attended a hearing on June 21, 2017. At this hearing the planning commission allowed testimony from those for and against this permit. At that time it was stated that there were no Tate County ordinances against allowing this rescue to continue in this location and suggested a continuance until July 19, 2017 be taken in order for a site plan addressing actions takes to address concerns of neighbors. The site plan would be what was needed for approval. On July 19, 2017 ARRF presented their site plan as well as a statement of changes already made. Opposition was allowed to render previously stated testimony. ARRF addressed concerns of neighbors with changes to the property to insure extra precautions above and beyond those previously in place. No further inspection was made of property and changes made before commission voted. Had they gone over site plan and made a site inspection they would have seen for themselves that this rescue is safe and well run. The planning commission turned down the Hissong's (ARRF) request for this permit. They were directed to file an appeal with the Tate County Board of Supervisors. This was done immediately following the meeting.
Pat Hissong, her family and volunteers do something for these abused, mistreated animals that is sorely lacking in this county and state. In the words of Pat "Animals and me, we just have this weird connection. I understand them, I feel their pain, their loneliness, their fears. When a dog leans their body into mine and trusts me it is the greatest accomplishment in the world." Some in this community would like you to believe that this rescue only cares about the dogs. That could not be further from the truth. The people running ARRF have a huge calling for community service and seek to fight all injustice. ARRF looks forward to working with their community to overcome breed bias and fear.
Please sign this petition asking the Tate County Board of Supervisors to approve this "Conditional Special Use" permit and allow ARRF to continue doing their good work.
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