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Marlin residents hold meeting to prevent strays from going to kill shelter

Posted at 9:02 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 10:02:38-05

MARLIN, TX. — Stray dogs in Marlin are being sent to a kill shelter in Rosebud and Marlin residents want to put an end to it.

On Monday night, Falls County residents held a meeting to discuss solutions and steps they can take to make a change.

"It's going to take a community of us and our next step is education and to have more meetings to get more people involved and educated so we have a better turnout," said Rachel Wilson, Treasure of Marlin Animal Rescue Shelter.

Wilson says that a few months ago, the city of Marlin started a new contract with the Rosebud Shelter but says it didn't help the situation Marlin was facing.

"We were once with the Humane Society of Waco and the issues were better and now that contracts changed and Rosebud's level of intake just isn't what the city needs," said Wilson.

Wilson and Erin Castillo say they hope the city of Marlin will do their part and support, even though they did not show up to the meeting after being invited.

"We hope this shows the city that they are not in it alone and that there are people in the community who want this to happen and want to help them," said Wilson.

"Your citizens set up a meeting to find a solution and none of you could be bothered to show up," said Erin Castillo, Vice President of Marlin Animal Rescue Shelter.

In the meeting they discussed the importance of starting a non-profit, having volunteers, donations, meeting with the city and finding a way to better communicate to save stray dogs in Marlin.

"We are going to move forward. There is too much pride in this town and too many people who care to not move forward," said Wilson.