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Commerce Animal Shelter

Officer Samantha Manrique pets one of the cats up for adoption at the Commerce Animal Shelter.
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The building that houses the Commerce Animal Shelter is more than fifteen years old, but appears much older due to the sort of use that it has seen. In particular, the large, heavy metal doors on the indoor kennels have suffered the most, due to a design flaw which requires animals inside to jump up on the doors in order to see out.

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the disposition of the Caddo Street house where city housing inspector Michael "Pee Wee" Walker was murdered in 2005 will probably be decided in November.  The city ordered the house to be demolished, but it has sold, and a judge will decide if the prospective new owner will be have a chance to rescue the house, or if it will indeed be torn down.  Wyman also discusses the new management of the city animal shelter and the search for a new city manager.

An active investigation of practices at the Commerce Animal Shelter prompted the SPCA of Texas to seize a dog from the facility on Apr. 9. "Medical neglect" was cited as the justification for the seizure.
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The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has seized a dog from the Commerce Animal Shelter, an organizational spokeswoman said. The agency took custody of a dog from the shelter on Apr. 9, according to Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas. 

The dog was taken from the shelter because of "medical neglect," Davies said. No other details about the animal or its current condition, or its condition at the time of the seizure, were available.