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Top, Members of the local Humane Society yesterday presented Animal Control Officer Tom Moser with a new scale for the animal shelter. Making the presentation are society members Kathy Myers, Katherine Harris, Tommy and Shannon Sutton and Rosemary Ramsey with granddaughter Ramsey. In the back are County Administrator George Nester and Moser. Above, Ramsey Ferrigia — unlike some of the adults present — wasn't bashful about seeing how much she weighed as she tried out the new scale (SOMcL photo) / August 19, 2010
Halifax County’s animal shelter now has a new floor scale, thanks to the efforts of the local Humane Society.

Wednesday members presented the new equipment to Animal Control Warden Todd Moser, who said the shelter has needed the equipment for some time because all animals are weighed when they are brought into the facility.

According to society president Kathy Myers, the scales can weigh any type of animal — horses, pigs, dogs or cats — up to 2,000 pounds. The scale can also be moved to an outside location, making Moser’s job easier.

Myers said the Humane Society has enjoyed working with Moser, “who is doing a great job.” She pointed to several instances where Moser has brought animal cruelty charges against local residents who abuse pets and livestock. “He really works hard at his job and is always a pleasure to deal with,” Myers said of Moser.

The new scale cost about $500, with the money raised from bake sales and other activities carried out by Society members. “Our goal is simply to make things better,” said Myers as she presented the scale to Moser.

Members of the Humane Society who gathered for the presentation made it known quickly that they were ready to undertake another project. “What is it that you need next?” they questioned Moser. He responded that he would like to see a heating and air conditioning unit in the section of the building where the dogs and cats are housed. Moser said the duct work for the heating and cooling is already in place, but what the facility needs is a unit.

County Administrator George Nester thanked Society members for their efforts to improve the county pound. “We really appreciate your support and are so glad to have you as a resource for this facility,” Nester said.

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