Letter: Report stray animals
To the editor:
In December 2008, the Sheriff's Department (animal control authority) announced that it would no longer pick up and impound stray or abandoned pets.
Many county residents may believe that calling the Sheriff's Department for help doesn't get the animals picked up, so they've stopped asking for those services.
Now it's more important than ever for people who need this assistance to call the Sheriff's Department (913-682-5724), whether help comes or not. The department is being asked to keep track of requests for service, categorizing the type of "animal call" received. This will help define demand for animal control services in unincorporated Leavenworth County.
If you've ever lost a pet, found a pet, found an injured animal, had concerns about an animal's care, or had an issue with others' pets creating a public hazard or nuisance, you have an opportunity to make things better.
The Board of County Commissioners needs to know you want animal control services provided. Let them know you want the animal control authority resourced to protect public health and safety by humanely impounding stray and abandoned pets, or those pets whose owners allow them to be a nuisance, a public health or safety risk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, send postal mail to BOCC, 300 Walnut Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048, or call 913-684-0417.
If you don't want animal control services provided, let the BOCC know that. Decision-making based on a "feeling" is not rational or responsible. Demand for services is being quantified; opposition should be quantified and subject to public scrutiny also.
Crystal Swann Blackdeer
Leavenworth County Humane Society