Animal control

The Fayette County Board last week approved three matters related to the revival of the county’s animal control program.
At its regular August meeting, the board:
• Approved an agreement with a county veterinarian.
• Approved an agreement with a county hunting club for temporary kennel services.
• Approved the use of a pickup truck for the animal control warden.
Durbin Vet Clinic in St. Peter has agreed to provide services for the animal control program.
The resolution attached to the agreement states that the clinic is “required to euthanize unclaimed canines and provide triage and humane care for non-terminally injured canines.
Funds for the agreement are included in the startup costs for the animal control program and are anticipated in the 2021 animal control budget.
Payment for services provided by the clinic are to be determined on a case-by-case basis, and “any expenses related to a canine later claimed by the owner or determined by the court to be due to inhumane treatment by the owner shall be borne by the owner, along with any other fees and/or fines determined by the court,” according to the agreement.
The county board also approved a letter of agreement through which a hunt club in the county will:
• Provide humane kennel space for canines presented by the animal control administrator.
• Provide services that include proper protection from the elements, food, water and appropriate cleaning of kennel spaces.
It also states that all interactions, drop-offs and pickups, are to be made by the animal control administrator or her representative.
The county will pay for the service on a monthly basis under the following schedule: $20 per canine for the first and last days; and $10 per canine for sequential days.
After hearing from Animal Control Warden/Administrator Lee Kephart about one of her first calls, the county board agreed to provide for animal control a pickup truck that the county was going to sell.
On the agenda for last week’s meeting was the sell of a damaged pickup truck to the Brownstown Fire Department.
But, Bruce DeLashmit of Bellwether, the county’s administrative assistant, said animal control was initially given a sedan formerly used by the sheriff’s office.
He said it was determined fairly quickly that a car would not be a sufficient vehicle for the program.
Kephart told board members about the call in which she was required to pick up and transport a dog that had never been on a lease or in a vehicle.
That dog, she said, was uncontrollable in the car and caused considerable damage.
He “freaked out,” Kephart said. “He was all over the place.”
She told board members that she pulled over a couple of times to deal with the dog.
DeLashmit said, “Honestly when I heard the story, I laughed. And then, about two minutes after that, it dawned on me that going down the highway in that vehicle, a vicious dog that made it into the front (of the vehicle) with her could have lunged at her neck. It could have been horrible.”
He said it will take $3,000 to get the truck ready to serve as the animal control vehicle, with a loan used for that purpose. That includes a steel cage in the back of the truck.
DeLashmit said the program is already generating revenue, through fees and fines, and that its revenue would be used to repay the loan.

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