Around 30 residents attended a Saturday, Oct. 6 workshop on animal control and many issues and suggestions were raised. The issue was briefly discussed again at the Wednesday, Oct. 10 commission meeting. Commissioners voted unanimously to designate county manager Mike Phillips to gather information, research facts on starting an animal control facility and update them on animal control at every meeting.
I cannot imagine why a wonderful county like Pike is still in the dark ages when it comes to animal control. Spend one day in the shoes of a volunteer animal rescuer and you won't have any reservations about allocating money for this. Any Pike county citizen you talk to has a story of how stray animals here have affected their lives. It is an issue of extreme importance.
I agree Kathryn, but I also feel that it also the fault of irresponsible pet owners. We have 10 dogs that we have taken in that were abandoned. We have to fund the cost of the vet bills, including the spay and nutering costs, along with the cost to feed and care for them. It is our responsibility now that these animals are in our care. Irresponsible people take advantage of those who love animals, and I know there are many of us in Pike County that love animals. Will the animal shelter be a convenient place for them to just dump their unwanted pets off? What will happen to them then? I'm also hoping for laws and punishment for people that do not properly care for their animals including requiring a license - and spay and neutering.
We do need a shelter, but it's not going to solve all the problems.
Irresponsible pet owners will use the shelter to dump animals. Charging a fee to take the animal isn't going to help much, either, because the people that can't afford to pay the fee, or just don't want to pay it, will dump the animals like they do now.
Another problem is this: Will it be a kill or no-kill shelter? If it's a kill shelter, you're open to all kinds of legal issues. We'll need to retain an attorney to deal with lawsuits, too.
If it's a no-kill shelter, where will the food, the volunteers to work with the animals, the excess animals when the shelter capacity is reached?
Welcome back Concord Resident. I agree with Sheila, this should be put on the ballot for the citizens to vote on. We need the voice and votes of the people. Problems in our cities are not decided by those who walk into mayors positions or city managers because of default.
That is not leadership, it is power by greed. We can do better for the animals and better for citizens through holding these default mayors, council members, city managers and police chiefs to the duties they threw their hats in for. Government is no longer the good ole boy game. Executive titles no longer work for citizens. Insurance programs, equipment use, fuel logs, travel benefits require a second review by taxed to death citizens.
We can do better as citizens and working together as a team. Ask questions.
11/06/12 at 08:59 AM
It doesn't need to be on a ballot until all the factors are known.
I Live on Millwood Road last week I lost my 2 1/2 lb pom, Dog from Old Zebulon Road came in my yard we found it in their drive way dead. Think they have over 18 dogs, When my grandson went up to get our dead pom their was two out side of the gate and came at him !!! He did not turn his back on them got our dead pom and when I call the PCS office they went to the to the home of the people the owned the dog, they said can not prove the their dog killed my pom,What can I do ?
Come on Mr. Sickened, you need to get more sleep. My place is paid for, never been kicked out by the bank on foreclosure. My dog is a full blooded pedigree. Why bring her into this, I never talk about your pig. Enjoy Veterans Day coming up and Thank You for your service.
PSA #1: It's deer season, people. Keep your dogs safe at home. Deer hunters will shoot dogs that are trespassing on deer leases.
PSA #2: Did you know that your dog should be either:
1) In an enclosure if left alone
2) With you, if outdoors and not on a leash.
PSA #3: Your dog is your responsibility. If you let your dog go outdoors alone and it leaves your property YOU are still the one that is responsible for its actions. Whether it kills someone else's pet, or is killed by someone else's pet, you are responsible.
Some common sense: Your pet does not understand the law. It's up to you to keep yoru pet safe and away from danger. If you can't do that, you don't need a pet.
Re: PSA #2: Actually, it was my understanding that there is NO leash law in Pike county. Of course it is in your pet's best interest to have it maintained under your control, but I am not aware of that being the law here. Am I wrong?
Kathryn, of course you are correct, there is NO leash law in Pike County. I should have clarified #2 with "for the safety of the animal it should either be in your company outdoors, or it should be in an enclosure."
People who go to work and leave a pet outdoors all day to fend for itself, then come home at the end of the day and the dog is there waiting for them have the idea that the dog stayed in the yard all day. That's rarely the case.
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