The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is organizing a show of support for Carol the elephant who was injured in a drive by shooting early Tuesday morning.
File photo – A performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, walk on 3rd Street in front of the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Verizon Center, to promote the show coming to town, Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Residents are encouraged to bring donations for the Tupelo Humane Society and to sign a get well card for the injured pachyderm.
TUPELO, Miss—Tupelo residents are banding together to show support for Carol, an elephant injured by criminal action, who is part of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus featured at the BancorpSouth Arena April 11-14. An “elephant-sized” card will be on display at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau. The public is invited to sign the card for Carol and drop-off donations of canned cat and dog food, blankets, sheets, and towels for the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
“Tupelo is widely-known for being an extremely safe community for its citizens and visitors. We are shocked and infuriated at this senseless crime against an innocent animal,” said Mayor Jack Reed, Jr. “We hope to show the true ‘Tupelo Spirit,’ by coming together as a community to support Carol and provide for the needs of the animals right here at home.”
The card will be available to sign in the lobby of the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau at 399 East Main Street in Downtown Tupelo from Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. until Friday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. The card will then be moved to the BancorpSouth Arena, where circus attendees can sign the card and drop off donations for the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
“We invite everyone to show your support for Carol by signing the card and dropping off a donation for the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society,” said Neal McCoy, executive director of the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau. “From the Tupelo Bark Park to the incredible work of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, our city’s love for animals is apparent, and we want to show that same encouragement to Carol.”