Archive for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Letter to the editor: Need for animal control services in Leavenworth County

June 21, 2011

To the editor:

If you’ve ever loved or cared for a pet, or found a stray dog or cat, or had a pet illegally and cruelly abandoned on your property, now is the time to tell our Board of County Commissioners and our Sheriff’s Office that we need animal control services in Leavenworth County.

County Resolution 1995-26 authorizes the Sheriff’s Department to pick up stray animals outside city limits. It is the only agency authorized to perform this function, yet it declines to do so. (We at the Leavenworth County Humane Society are prohibited by our state license from taking in stray pets because we do not yet have a facility in which to care for them. We can only intake pets from a legal owner.)

To its credit, the Sheriff’s Office realizes that with animal-related calls being either No. 1 or No. 2 in call volume each month (according to testimony on June 2), there is widespread demand for animal control services. The two part-time positions and one used vehicle the department has requested in the 2012 budget fall far short of meeting the need, but it’s a start.

Please contact your county commissioner to let him know you expect the county to provide animal control services. Email bocc@leavenworthcounty.org, phone (913) 684-0417 or attend the next budget hearing on this subject, scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in the commission chamber at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

Crystal Swann Blackdeer

Leavenworth County Humane Society, Inc.

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