The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 19, 1990 Page: 1 of 10
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THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
PuMUbcd wcckJy In RioGraadc City. Tcmaa. trtry Thureday by The Rk> Grande Publlihinf Co.
Vol. 80, No. 34, Thursday, July 19, 1990
59th and 60th cases con firmed
Pet owner attacked
by rabid cat in city
By UK AD NIIIKRT
and KI.NNI III ROBKRTS
The /th rabies case of
the year, this one within the
city, was confirmed Tuesday
by Veterinarian Roberto S.
Margo. This case came on the
heels of the confirmation of
another rabid dog attack late
This case involved a
Siamese cat which attacked
its owner. The owner, who
lives on the city's west side,
received a serious injury to
the calf after the cat attacked
and held on to the man for five
"It was a nasty wound,"
The victim has begun a
series of rabies
It is only the third case of
rabies involving a cat, and the
60th case of rabies in the county
since November of 1988, when
the outbreak began.
"It goes to show that cats
are not immune to rabies,"
Margo said. 1 le urges that any
pet owners who have failed to
vaccinate their animals to do
The county's 59th rabies
case involved an unvaccinated
dog and family pet living at a
ranch north of RioGrande City.
Margo said that the dog
"started acting furiously and
bit at least three other dogs,
maybe more. All three dogs
were killed. 1 don't think any
humans were exposed."
The rabid dog lived at a
ranch two to three miles north
of Rio Grande City where
several families have homes.
The veterinarian noted
that he sent the head of the
animal to Austin on
Wednesday, July 11, for
analysis, with the results
being known l-'riday.
Margo stressed, "These
are the first cases in some
time, but the incubation
period can cause it to heat up
again. It (the rabies situation)
is just like a time bomb.
People still need to vaccinate
their pets and will need to
continue doing this
The rabies clinic held in
Roma last weekend had a
low turnout, Margo said. But,
he added, die clinics will be
continued as needed in the
Animal Shelter Set For Full Operation
B\ KKNNK I II KOHI RTS
The new animal shelter loeated
lour miles north of Rio Grande City,
with die installation ol acuthani/ing
hamher recently eoinplcted, lias all
the equipment needed to house or
dispose ol stray animals.
Preeinet One Commissioner Jose
Maria "Chenia" Alvarez, declared,
"Today, with this shelter, we're in
compliance with the Humane
Society's requirements ..This is a very
big plus lor the county."
Alvarez stressed, "Everything is
completely ready lor the
impoundment ot dogs. I think that
this should he sufficient for the county
tor the ne.M 1(1 years, at least "
The commissioner indicated that
there lias been a noticeable reduction
in the number ol stray dogs roaming
about. I le noted. The w hole coiintv
lias been eoopeialing. I here aren't
many strays roaming around
anymore . I he w hole county has
responded very well in recent
Another positive development,
said Alvarez, is thai "a lot ol pet
owners have been calling and seeking
homes for their unwanted pets."
Alvarez, said, "We had the basic
facility (in place) six months ago, but
it was not complete. The pens were
completed in April.''
The installation of the chamber
is the final and most important step
that will enable the animal shelter to
operate at full potential, said Alvarez.
He emphasized. I thank the
Commissioners' Court lor agreeing
to buy a new chamber. For the county
to have built this would have been ux>
dangerous. This chamber is safe to
operate... I he chamber is identical to
the one they have in McAlien."
The commissioner pointed out
that "the dogs that are going to be
kept will be housed in the large outer
compartments. I he small pens inside
are for suspicious dogs that need to
be checked out very closely. These
cages housing suspicious animals
have to be washed every day. We
want lo leave theouierconipartnients
in the sun '
Alvarez, indicated that we can
hold 11 suspicious dogs at one time.
We could hold 60 dogs in the two big
pens. We hold cats in the luile wire
About the operation of the
chamber, one of the workers at the
dog pound said, "It takes seven
minutes (to operate); it turns itself
off. The converter removes all ihe
carbon monoxide. If the red, green
and blue lights turn on, we'll have to
go to the emergency system. This
will cause the machine to return to
normal operation within 20 minutes."
Alvarez stressed, "I think two
men are needed lo operate the
chamber and shelter, in addition to
going out and hunting for strays. If
the court dix:sn'i agree, I will furnish
He contended, "I think that this
should be sufficient lor the county
for the next It) years. I believe the
shelter should be improved and
expanded as we go along."
The commissioner emphasized
that "the dogcalcher is doing a good
job." Another |Msilivedevclopment,
he pointed out, is that "wire cages,
instead of wooden ones, are now
beingusedtopickupdogs. It issalcr
and cleaner this way."
Richards Names Campaign Co-Chairs
State 'Treasurer Ann Richards,
Democratic nominee lor governor,
announced today thai Lieutenant
Governor Bill Hobby, former
congress woman Barbara Jordan, and
former San Antonio Mayor Henry
Cisneros will serve as co-chairs of
the Ann Richards for Governor
"These three political leaders
represent what this campaign is all
about," Richards said. "Together and
individually, they represent
experience, integrity and vision tor
the New Texas."
Governor Hobby has held oi l ice
longer than any other lieutenant
governor m the histor\ ol the state
and is credited with being one ol the
most knowledgeable and forthright
officials in suite government.
Cisneros, who was one ol the
most w idely acclaimed mayors of a
major American city during his four
terms as the Alamo City's mayor, is
now president of an asset
management firm in San Antonio.
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The new gas chamber to euthanize stray, mainly rabid animals, is pictured alxne at
the animal shelter located north of Rio Grande City. Commissioner Jose Maria
"Chema" Al\are/. calls the new chamber a major breakthrough in the effort to control
the proliferation and movement of stra\ animals.
The recently completed animal shelter located four miles north of Rio Grande ( it>
is pictured above, There will be II pens to hold stray animals exhibiting suspicious
behavior, and the outer compartments are for animals that are likely to be reclaimed.
Record growth in county cited
Hearings On Legislative
Redisricting Next Week
The Texas Legislature's
committees on redisricting will
conduct public hearings in Laredo on
July 27 arid in Edinburg on July 28 in
preparation for the drawing of new
district lines for seats in the U.S
Congress, in the Texas Legislature,
and on the Stale Board ol Education.
The legislature is required to
redislricl alter publication of the IW0
United Slates census. Districts drawn
in 1991 are to be in effect for ihe next
10 years. The public hearings are lo
gather information about how district
lines should be drawn.
Redisricting in ihe past two
decades has resulted in significant
increases in legislative and
congressional seats held by Blacks,
Hispanics, and Republicans. Urban
areas have gained population and
legislative seals while rural area have
The 1990 Census is expected to
reveal the continuation of population
trends that have shown increases in
the percentage of ihe stale population
thai is Black or Hispanic, as well as a
shilt in population away from the
rural East and West Texas and
metropolitan central city areas toward
Laredo and the Rio Grande
Valley are projected to hav
experienced high growth rates, similar
lo those found in oilier areas ol the
state thai surround urban centers. A
study by the Texas Legislative
Council indicates thai the state is
predicted to have grow n by about 10
percent between the 19H0 and 1990
census, increasing in population from
14.2 million lo 17.11 million.
Starr, Hidalgo, Wcbband Zapata
counties arc projected to have grown
by more than 30 percent. Cameron
County has a projected growth rate ol
28.3 percent. Starr County's growth
rate of 51 percent is ihe highest in the
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-
1 arcdo, announced on Thursday, July
12, the awarding of two grants for ihe
treatment of drug and alcohol abuse
in Starr County
The Texas Commission on
Alcohol and Drug Abuse awarded a
S684.375 grant for residential
treatment for male youths with
substance abuse problems in Starr.
Jim Hogg, Webb and Zapata counties.
for medical detoxification, care and
outpatient treatment for adults wnh
substance abuse problems in Starr,
Dimmit. Jim Hogg, Ta Salle, Webb,
Zapata and Zavala counties The
grants w ill be administered by 1 aredo
The grants are part ol more than
S58 million awarded this week b\
TCADA to continue and enhance
anti-drug programs for the f iscal year
beginning Sept. I.
On the other hand, Dimmit, Jim
Hogg, Jim Wells, Kleberg, La Salle,
and Zavala counties are all projected
lo have lost population, with La Salle
showing ihe highest population loss
in the hearing region al -12 percent.
The census is expected to show
thai inosiol the 11 House districts in
the hearing region have more
population than required lor the
uneven population changes, while
districts 40, 41, 42 and 43 arc all
projected to be 15 percent or more
above ihe ideal district size, districts
44,67 and 68 are all prohjectcd to be
below ihe ideal House district size.
Senate districts also show a wide
range of variation in projected growth
rales, from 10 percent below the ideal
district size (552,000) in Senate
District 20 lo 14 percent above in
Senate District 27.
The public hearings will be
conducted jointly by the House
Redisricting Committee, chaired by
Rep. Tom Uhcr(D-BayCily)and ihe
Senate Select Committee on
Lcgislmivc Redtsiricling, chaired by
Senate committee members I rom
Laredo and the Valley area include
Sen. Carlos'! ruan (D-CorpusChrisii),
Sen. Hector Urihe (D-Brownsville),
and Sen Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo).
Representatives Juan llinojosa (D-
McAllen) is the regional member
serving on the House committee.
the hearing in Laredo will be at
LarcdoStalc University in University
Hall, Room 141, and w ill begin at 2
p.m., Friday, July 27. The committee
will recess at ihe completion of
afternoon testimony and will
rev.on.\ciie al 6 p.m. lor additional
The Edinburg hearing w ill begin
at 10 a.in. at The University ol Texas-
Pan American Ballroom,on Saturday
July 28. Committee chairs will holda
press conlcrcncc before each ol ihe
These hearings are two of 14
public hearings being conducted by
the committees around the stale
between March and September of
Miss Fourth of Jul\
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Miss Fourth ol 'ul\ Pageant, held luK 1,19')0.
and Mrs Ismacl R S i.-n
Cast ta and Mrs. Julia G Saenz, and the late Rotx: a>:xiciiz.,oi <i.
J he Princess Miss division featured competition lor girls ages 7-8
Miss fourth ol July
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