Another person is falsifying who they are.
In recent weeks, a man has been going to various residences claiming to be an employee of the Clay County Humane Shelter, but he is not.
"We got a call from a woman on Knight Street saying the man threatened to take her dog, which just had puppies the day before, if she did not move them inside," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said. "The man also told her he would be back in 24 hours with a police officer to issue a $500 fine if she did not comply."
The mystery man never returned, but it was not the first time a resident had been approached.
"We looked into it and found a man on Jackson Street who had the same thing happen to him," Bradshaw said. "We have been unable to track down who it is and are unsure if he is even from the area."
Residents are allowed to have their dogs tethered outside as long as there is a doghouse present and they are healthy.
According to Bradshaw, the woman said the mystery man was wearing regular clothing and would not produce documents identifying him as being from the Clay County Humane Shelter.
"She also told us he drove a white SUV, which was the extent of her description because she was in shock over what happened," Bradshaw said. "Unless they have an actual officer with them and show proper identification, do not let anyone take your animals."
Anyone with more information about this individual should contact Brazil City Hall at 443-2221, or the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.