Mayor in Legal Trouble After Dumping Dogs in Forest


An Arkansas mayor has been fined for ordering a city employee to release multiple dogs into the St. Francis National Forest.

James Valley, mayor of Helena-West Helena, was order by the U.S. Forest Service to pay a $1,900 fine–they say the mayor broke the law by abandoning property in a national forest.

Back in June, the mayor had 10 dogs released into the forest, saying it was necessary because of the poor conditions of the local animal shelter. A few of those dogs ended up getting shot by a local resident who saw them on his property.

Some of the others were found by animal rescue workers.

The money from the mayors fine will be given to Northeast Arkansans for Animals.


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