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April proclaimed Animal Cruelty Prevention Month in Mission

With the recent addition of the Mission Pawsible Advisory Board, as well as the groundbreaking for the Dog Park at Bannworth, Mission is furthering advocacy for four-legged residents across the city.

At this week’s city council meeting, four proclamations were made for the month of April having to do with various causes in Mission. The first proclamation to be approved by the council was naming April Animal Cruelty Prevention Month.

City of Mission logoCity Secretary Anna Carrillo presented the proclamation to the city council, and introduced some members of the Mission Pawsible board.

“There are more than 73 million cats and 68 million dogs living in more than 63 million households across the United States,” Carrillo said, as she read the proclamation. “Acts of animal abuse, animal fighting and animal neglect by way of denying basic necessities of care such as fresh food or shelter are considered to be animal cruelty.”

According to the proclamation, many people are unaware that legal action can be taken against acts of animal cruelty. Mission hopes that this proclamation brings more education and awareness about animal cruelty.

Homer Garza, the president of the Mission Pawsible Advisory Board, was one of the board members present at the meeting. He spoke about the importance of the proclamation in Mission.

“In our short time we’ve created an amazing rescue-transport program which has saved almost 600 lives since we joined in November,” Garza said. “We are moving forward, and we have some great things coming for the four-legged citizens of Mission.”

The week of April 8 through 14 was proclaimed National Library Week, and the Speer Memorial Library celebrated by putting donated books on the chairs of City Hall, free for the public in attendance.

The library hosted several events this week in honor of National Library Week, including a craft day, book discussion, bingo night and a screening of the film Coco. Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the library will hold a sidewalk sale, and Saturday April 14 will be the second book festival.

April 8 through 14 is also now Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Presented by Chief of Police Robert Dominguez, the proclamation was made in order to call attention to guaranteeing rights for victims of crime.

“Americans are the victims of more than 20 million crimes each year,” Dominguez said. “A multidisciplinary response involving collaboration among victim service professionals, criminal justice officials, legal professionals, medical and mental health providers and community leaders is essential to reach and serve all victims, especially those who are marginalized, have disabilities or live in remote locations.”

Dominguez said that strengthening these responses and noting the difference in perspectives of victims will add to their resilience, as well as the resilience of victims to come forward. He also gave the proclamation naming April 8 through 14 Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

The police chief thanked the city for the new radio system recently purchased for dispatchers and 9-1-1 operators.

“Our dispatch center actually just went operational this past week with all the new equipment you allowed us to purchase on this $2.2 million project,” Dominguez said. “So far, obviously, everything is working fine.”

The City of Mission will be hosting a Community Round-Up to celebrate these proclamations made this month on April 21. The event will be held in the rotunda outside City Hall, in honor of Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, Fair Housing Month, National Library Week, Arbor Day, Earth Day, the Trash Bash and Dia de los Niños.

There were a few planning and zoning recommendations, as well as approvals and authorizations that were made during the meeting.

The council approved the request made by the County of Hidalgo Elections Department, which will use the Mission City Hall as a voting location for the Primary Runoff and November General Election for early voting and election day.

A request was made by South Texas College to use the city facility for their early voting and election day for their Board of Trustees Single-Member District #2 election to be held May 5. STC will share the community room with Agua SUD, which was also previously approved to hold voting at the city hall.

It was also authorized that the next city council meeting, held on April 23, will take place at the Mission Event Center located at 200 N. Shary Rd., due to the fact that this is also the beginning of early voting for the May elections.

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