“It’s a total fabrication, a total fabrication, a total fabrication,” said Ruby Burton, director of the Humane Society of Southeastern Arkansas after Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley stated her organization instructed the city to erect temporary dog shelters at the street and sanitation department that led to the deplorable conditions and subsequent release of 10 dogs into the wilderness. 
“In January and prior to that fateful shelter closing day, the animals were housed in a shelter with ventilation and protection from the weather and elements. At our sanitation shop, the animals were kept in pens and kennels outside on the hot asphalt. The animals had no exercise area and no real way of being separated between and among sizes, breeds and conditions. In other words, these animals were inhumanely piled into a cage as directed by Ms. Ruby Burton and her humane society. These animals were taken from not-so perfect conditions to horrible conditions all at the behest of Ruby Burton and her Humane Society. This same society that wants me arrested for conditions caused, fostered and developed by them,” stated Valley in his apology.
Burton says that Valley hasn’t told the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the January closing and the record needs to be set straight.
“The Humane Society never instructed him to put the pens on the sanitation department parking lot.  On Jan. 9 or 10, we went to the city pound because of complaints about the animals,” said Burton. 
She said that approximately 19 dogs were in the pound and the conditions were terrible - terrible enough to cut the locks and confiscate most of the animals.
“The dogs were tickled to death to be out of that nightmare,” she said in a telephone interview Monday. She continued saying that the animal control officers wouldn’t let her take six of the animals because they thought there might be a possibility that the owners might claim the animals.
Burton says it was then she told Oscar Hoskins, street department manager, that the animals need adequate shelter and that Humane Society volunteers immediately began feeding and watering the animals.  A Brownie troop even made treats for the pound puppies.
“Oscar set up those pens that day.  I never told them where to put them,” she said.
“He’s digging his hole deeper and deeper,” she said after reading Valley press release.
As for cutting the locks on the now closed pound, Burton says she had every right under state law.
“We can enter any entity’s pound, private or public if the animals are in distress.  Trust me, those dogs were in distress,” said Burton.
“For five months we, as a community, have forced our sanitation workers to live with dogs in the middle of their work space. The shelter was closed and a set of holding pens was placed in the midst of the work area at the sanitation shop. The conditions were not pretty for the dogs – no doubt. The conditions were deplorable for the men and the women who worked there and had no connection with dogs whatsoever other than smelling their feces and other waste daily,” said Valley in his apology release.
Burton’s response-“He wouldn’t let the humane society do it (clean the cages), why wouldn’t the city workers who smelled the feces clean it.  He hired someone $500 a month to perform that duty,” she said.  Burton and her organization filed a complaint for Valley’s arrest with the Phillips County Sheriff’s Department and in that complaint was an allegation of Valley not allowing the Humane Society volunteers to care for the animals.  She says they were forced to crawl over or under fences to feed the animals.
Burton is asking larger animal rights organizations to come to Phillips County and spay at least 500 female dogs to help curb the animal’s population until a shelter is built.
“One un-spayed female and one un-neutered male will breed thousands of canines,” said Burton adding that a one-month free spaying clinic could work wonders.
She estimates that there are about 3,261 dogs and 3,710 felines in Phillips County, a number different than those released by Valley.  Valley said that there are about 50,000 dogs in the county.
“The mayor is wrong again,” she said.
Burton said a judge in Forrest City had her complaint but she didn’t know if a warrant has been issued for Valley’s arrest.
“That complaint stays until justice is done,” said Burton.
“Why did he release those dogs when Mrs. Higginbotham said she’d come get them?  He was holding those dogs’ hostage and people in the world think his actions are atrocious.  I haven’t found one person who agrees with what he has done,” she commented.
As for being the renegade Valley accuses her, she says those words don’t bother her.
“Everybody is a renegade when you’re trying to see justice done.”