"We do not want animals running loose," she said. "We are having issues with residents not taking care of their pets the best they can."
From information she received from a Brazil City Police Department dispatcher, Bradshaw said the department had received three calls about dogs running loose in the city, two calls regarding animal neglect cases and a separate call about an individual dumping three dogs at Craig Park, all within a three-hour time span recently.
"When you have an animal, it is important to maintain the responsibility of having them," she said.
Bradshaw added the city does have an ordinance on the books regarding animal care and control, which lays out potential penalties and fines for neglect, illegal kennels and other violations.
According to section 93.99 of the Brazil ordinance book, there is a civil penalty of $25 the first time an altered animal is caught running at large, and $50 for the second offense, which are bumped up to $40 and $80, respectively if the animal is not altered.
Other potential fines include:
* A $250 fine for the first offense and $500 for the second and all subsequent violations of running a kennel without a license or exceeding the number of animals, altered or otherwise, set forth in section 93.18 of the ordinance, and
* A $500 fine for an owner not removing waste deposited by their animal on public walkways, recreation areas or private property.
"We're not out looking to fine people," Bradshaw said. "I just want residents to be aware of the punishments and penalties that can come from not taking the utmost care of their animal."
The city does employ the services of Clay County Animal Rescue, Inc., Center Point, run by John and Chrystll Owens, for the pick up of stray dogs and in other emergency situations, including those involving a vicious animal.
To contact the Clay County Animal Rescue for the pick up of a stray animal, call 812-835-5000.
"I love animals and I don't want to see them running out in traffic and possibly get hit by a vehicle," Bradshaw said. "It is important to take care of the animals to the best of your ability."
The city's animal ordinance can be viewed on the City of Brazil's web site, www.brazil.in.gov, under the "City Ordinances" header, in Chapter 93.
For questions about the ordinance or other animal matters, call City Hall at 443-2221.