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Residents request ordinance

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Charlie Brown
Editor's Note: The section near the end of this article has been edited to reflect the increases in the deductibles, not premiums, on health insurance for county employees will take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Area residents are making a push in support of a countywide animal control ordinance.

During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Clay County Commissioners were presented with a signed petition requesting the creation of such an ordinance.

John Nicoson led a group of concerned citizens and members of the Clay County Humane Society, informing the commissioners there are several animal rescues in operation without formal regulations in place.

"We don't know if they have kennel licenses, and whenever you call the state for information, they refer you back to the county commissioners," Nicoson said. "I believe there may be nine locations under no supervision in the county."

Other concerns and issues raised by the group included the lack of regulations in place for the care of rescued animals, along with access to the facilities.

"We do have some good locations in the county, but there are some where you are not allowed on the property, even if you are trying to get back a dog that got lost," LeAnn Rhodes, who lived next to one of the facilities, told the commissioners. "Some of the other things to consider is there are some locations with no fencing, and the animals do not get a chance to exercise, plus, there is a huge issue with waste and how it is disposed."

Commissioner's Attorney Eric Somheil pointed out some of the rescues are private entities that do not have to allow public access, while Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill said a search warrant would be required to enter a private property in situations deemed necessary to investigate a situation.

"With private property, it is a courtesy to be allowed on the property," Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said. "If they say 'no,' then you can't have access."

Nicoson suggested resolving the issues may be as simple as requiring kennel licenses.

Paul Sinders
"If the licenses are required, it would allow the state vet to come in and conduct inspections of the facilities," he said. "Personally, if the Humane Society can abide by the state's set of rules, so can everybody else."

Commissioner Paul Sinders requested the group also approach the City of Brazil, stating if all entities are on the same page, they may be able to work as a whole to create an ordinance suitable to the needs of county animal owners.

"We have taken these issues to the city every year for the contract renewal, but they are still not able to afford to provide a full contract," Humane Society Board President Anita Hightshoe said. "However, I would like to see a mandatory spay/neuter law where there would be fines for people who do not have their animals spayed or neutered."

Brown admitted he is not sure where to start with the process or how in-depth a potential ordinance should be. However, Indiana Board of Animal Health livestock specialist Cassie Dunn said a good place to begin is researching new legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly regarding standard of care.

Dennis Shane, who runs an animal shelter in Owen County, said he believes each of the rescue owners should be contacted for their input as well.

"I think there should be regulations, but the people running these shelters should be invited to give their opinions in the matter as well," Shane said.

Rhodes claimed she contacted each of the rescues and informed them about the topic on Tuesday's agenda and invited them to attend.

Somheil said the commissioners would need to review similar ordinances and decide on a direction to go regarding items like animal tags, spay/neuter requirements and standard of care.

The commissioners agreed to gather as much information as possible and tentatively plan to discuss the potential for an animal control ordinance further during its August meeting.

In other business during Tuesday's meeting, the commissioners:

* Accepted Local Public Agency contracts which provide a notice to all parties about the intent to proceed with construction on Federal Bridge Projects for bridges 1 and 84,

Jack Withers
* Suspended the rules to pass an ordinance regarding plat fees on the first reading. Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said the ordinance adjusts the $5 fee to where it now will be assessed on transfers of individual tax parcels instead of deeds,

* Briefly discussed placing a 10-to weight limit on County Road 300 East, south of United States 40. Suggestions were also made for 15- and 20-ton limits on the road due to the heavy trucks running to the businesses, as well as the possibility of placing the limit on non-local traffic. In addition, a suggestion was made to reduce the speed limit along County Road 950 North (Central Avenue), west of CR 200 W, to 35 miles per hour. Commissioner Jack Withers said reducing the limit was fine, but asked what how effectively it would be enforced. Both matters will be up for further discussion during the August meeting, and

* Approved a change in the health insurance for county employees to reflect the increases in deductibles would not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2012.

The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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Humane Society Board President Anita Hightshoe said. "However, I would like to see a mandatory spay/neuter law where there would be fines for people who do not have their animals spayed or neutered."

I cannot believe this woman ; who is this person who tells us what do to with our pets,to most of us they are a part of our family and not a item that the government tells us what do to with . Maybe she should be nuetered or spayed or is it to late for her, people like this is leading our country into the shape it is with another absurd moronic ordinance.

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Tue, Jul 5, 2011, at 11:23 PM

I have to agree, with that, "brazil citizen". It sounds like Anita Hightshoe would also recommend a "final solution" for teenage pregnancy, too.

Never mind that we live in America, the "land of the free" where the people are supposed to live free and control the government.

Now, there a lot of strays that apparently no one wants. I adopted one off the side of the road several years back, and I've been given several dogs over the years by owners who could no longer have them. But I've never seen a need to pay an animal shelter what they charge to adopt a dog, there are too many free dogs to go around. That's one of the problems with shelters. The second is their requirement that the new owner "fix" the dog, which adds to the cost. There is no simple solution, but I don't believe there is anything the government can do to solve the problem. It will remain a problem.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 5:37 AM

I applaud the counties in the state of Indiana who are working hard to reduce the number of stray and unwanted companion animals in our state. Currently, it's costing taxpayers of Indiana $150 to $200 per dog and cat for shelters to keep them (on average 18-30 day stay) at their facilities [survey collected by Indiana University graduate student for state report]. Kill rates of companion animals in our state and nation's shelters average 54%. For some breeds, such as pitbulls, only 1 out of 61 make it out of shelters alive. For the most part, these are healthy and well-socialized dogs and cats who are killed because there are not enough homes to go around.

So, what is the solution to end this senseless killing and to reduce the cost to taxpayers of Indiana? Responsible pet owners spaying and neutering their dogs and cats, as well as all Indiana shelters and rescue groups adopting the policy to spay and neuter prior to adoption.

Since December of 2004, I have driven a monthly transport, the CanINE Express Transport Project, taking shelter dogs from south central Indiana shelters to 15 New England shelters where they quickly are adopted. Why do we transport? Over the past 20 years, states in New England have worked diligently to spay/neuter their companion animals and, as a result, their shelters and in need of family-friendly, healthy dogs. Each month, we transport 80-100 dogs to our New England shelter partners where they are placed in loving homes. Imagine the frustration coming back to the Indiana and seeing our shelters still as full as when we left!

All one has to do is look at Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and New England to see that spay/neuter of companion animals has worked to reduce their unwanted pet overpopulation. As a pet guardian myself of 3 dogs and 5 cats, I felt that it was absolutely necessary to spay and neuter these animals when I took them into my care (or in the cats case, when they arrived on my doorstep).

So, please spay and neuter your pets -- not because we need government telling us what to do -- but, because it's the responsible thing for all of us to do to end the killing.

-- Posted by cleagan1950 on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 8:55 AM

okay you fix all pets. Then what they only live for 8 years (the breed I have) Then what no one has a pet after that? Thats the craziest thing I have ever heard. I agree with Leo there are enough free pets you dont have to pay the high cost these rescues want. It's just like everything else people need to be responsible and keep your pets at home.

-- Posted by kd323 on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 10:03 AM

What some people may not realize is that when you adopt from an animal shelter the fees that you pay for the animal includes spay/neuter, microchips, vaccinations, any medical care that the animal may have needed and the food supply that was needed for that animal. Many animals are brought into shelters every day by people who find them in medical distress. Some people bring in their own pets who they cannot or will not medically treat. Who do you think pays for them to be medically treated by a veterinarian??? The shelter. There is no reason to complain about the high cost of adoption fees. If you take the animal to your own veterinarian and get their shots alone (which is a state law) then i guarantee you will pay more on vet bills then what you would pay at the shelter. Also, if more people would stop complaining about the animal problem, or shelter prices and start contributing food and supplies to the shelters then maybe shelters could lower prices somewhat. Everyone knows how expensive buying dog/cat food can be when you own your own pet. Times all that by a shelter full of animals and see how much that adds up too. Everyone wants to complain but no one wants to volunteer time or provide food to the shelters.

I will tell you although i sympathize with animal shelters, i do not agree with shelters who only want name brand food for their shelter animals. I think this is very stupid and selfish. I dont think any animal will care if they are eating name brand food as long as their stomachs are not hurting from hunger.

If we had responsible people in this world then we wouldnt need a law about spay/neutering. However, we dont. I believe a law is necessary. If you want another animal adopt one from another state that is full of unwanted animals.

The bottom line is that animals do not deserve to die every day because no one wants them or wants to keep them fed. No one would treat a baby that way (thank God) and we all know how many unwanted pregnancies there are every year. Why treat an animal that way?

-- Posted by dsjones87 on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 1:41 PM

Mandated spaying and neutering would kill the dog breeders. I am talking about the ones that breed the AKC dogs for money. I agree it is the owners responsibility to keep their pet contained. My dog is spayed, however I would have bred her once given the chance.

What people need to stop doing is getting these puppies for young children who lose interest in them. Then leave them for the parents to take care of.

And sadly dsjones87, babies are killed everyday. Its called abortion.

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 2:02 PM

Well let see first where do we put the waste from the animals hummmmmmmmm in the trash second hummmmm what about all the people that have the dogs tied up on chains in the county i guess they will have to get the dogs off and let them run. All i am saying is they need to check their own back yards before talking about someone Else's. We live in the county for a reason FREEDOM and now we are being told we could have that taken away hell.

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 7:00 PM

dxrso.....sadly, you are correct. Both are not right.

Freedom does not mean being irresponsible.

Check out another country and then maybe you wont take the word Freedom so lightly.

-- Posted by dsjones87 on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 12:08 AM

While I do not agree with mandatory spay/neuter, I do agree with charging less for licensing a neutered pet. This is done in many other states and why local government here is not taking advantage of this form of revenue to replace the expense caused by pets who are not controlled by their owners and stray pets, I cannot figure out. A $10 a year fee to license a dog would go a long way to help defray costs of unwanted pets and most animals lovers would see this "tax" as well worth it. In addition fines could be imposed for failure to pay the fee. Another source of revenue.

Then those who are really serious about breeding animals could pay $30-40 per year per animal not neutered. If they had quality animals that brought good prices for their offspring that's not much to pay. If they are a puppy mill however, maybe it would help to put them out of business. If selling pets, it's a business and the non neutured pet fee easily reflects that. If it's a household pet, it will be healthier and happier neutered and most likely live a longer life as neutering helps eliminate some forms of cancerous tumors in pets as well. A win win situation all around.

I think we are going about this backwards. Licensing pets and putting fees on scale to benefit the neutered household pet will help eliminate the need for multiple shelters and give local government more money with which to battle stray situation and give their shelter of choice a better contract to help control the problem caused by irresponsible pet owners. Heck, may eventually bring in enough revenue as in other locations to hire a animal control officer so sheriff/police don't have to deal with stray animal issues. This could even be part time position out of shelter of their choice but with legal power to give out fines for those not in compliance. Have a good day

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 7:48 AM

As a rescuer, I would LOVE to be put out of a job because there are no unwanted companion animals.

For those that want "just one litter" rom their pet, guess what, you just caused thousands of unwanted pets in just a few years.Look it up if you don't believe me.

Purebred dogs comprise 20 to 25 percent of shelter populations. Sometimes a family that just wanted to breed one litter cannot find homes for all the puppies, or the pet store is unable to sell the animal. Some people who buy purebred animals come to find that the breed that they sought out was too high-strung or has some other behavior that they consider undesirable. Others tire of dealing with the bladder problems inherent with some over-bred breeds and take the animals to the shelter as a last resort. Breeding animals not only adds to the problem of there not being enough homes for too many animals, but it creates animals with serious health problems.

Each year, in the United States an estimated 27 million cats and dogs are born. Between 5 and 8 million are euthanized because homes are unable to be found for them. Hundreds of thousands of healthy dogs and cats are killed each month for many reasons, including commercial and backyard breeding and the sale of animals in "pet" stores, all of which are preventable. The answer to this huge problem is simple: reduce the number of animals coming into this world. The routine procedure of spaying and neutering dogs and cats would result in fewer unwanted animals, thus reducing or eliminating the heartbreaking process of euthanizing innocent animals left in our overcrowded shelters. Irresponsible guardians, pet shops, puppy mills, and commercial and "backyard" breeders share responsibility for this epidemic.

Dumping your companion animal out to fend for itself in hopes that it finds a "new home" is not the answer.Most starve to death, get hit by cars and suffer unbearable pain or are torn apart by coyotes or other stray animals. Cats are food for large birds as well. Those that survive can find themselves becoming rabid, and suffer from medical problems like heartworms or intestinal worms.

So be a responsible pet owner, SPAY and NEUTER your pets( you can get a voucher for this from Spay Neuter Services of Indiana online), stop chaining them up to live a life of solitary confinement( how would you like to live like that), vet them regularly to keep them healthy and maybe, just MAYBE you will put me out of a job.

-- Posted by Petrescuer on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 10:28 AM

Wow. Where to begin. First and foremost - no one will require that my animals be spayed/neutered. Suggest, sure .. not require.

As a responsible pet owner with 2 animals that are not (and will not be) spayed/neutered .. let me just say that this article and some of the comments are ridiculous.

If the "pure blood" animals make up 20-25% of the Shelter population, sounds like the other 75-80% are the animal owners you need to focus on - not all animal breeders. Oh wait, it's easier to FIND the breeders. My bad.

Not all breeders breed our animals every time they go in heat. Not all of us use our animals to supplement our income. Not all of us breed our animals and "hope" we can find them homes.

Don't lump all of us together, and we won't lump all non-breeders together.

I don't have the answers - and neither do any of you (or the Shelter), so post the positives AND negatives, instead of implying spay/neuter is the ONLY way.

It isn't.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 12:55 PM

I believe Petrescuer's comment is very well said, as well as Jenny Moore's. I think that this article is covering an area of concern much wider than just the spay/neuter concern/issue. It is so very unfortunate that just one bad apple can virtually ruin an enitre peck/bushel or however you would like to coin the phrase. My point being that the most important issue or area of concern here that I believe should remain is what is most healthy and in the best interest for the animal or as otherwise referred to as THE VOICELESS! I feel as if one that is living locally, whether within the City of Brazil of Clay County and with whom has ever watched the television show Animal Cops where the ASPCA or another animal organization would go to respond to a concern or investigation, the City of Brazil and Clay County is far beyond most any city or county that I have ever known of, lived in, or visited in my enitre life and believe me, I am not from here and have traveled quite extensively. Again, it is extremely sad and quite unfortunate that we being the 'higher power's; if you will, have the capabilies, and the knowledge within each and every one of us to make conscious decision's every day but yet we are still choosing to do nothing and remain living here so far beyond everyone else's standard's of living's that it is almost embarrassing. Does noone else see that or is it just me? Well, no matter. Wouldn't be the first time if it were just me and someone many were to argue with me. That's OK. Everyone has an opinion. So whatever it is worth, this is just mine. However, change is inevitable. It is simply a question of where do we want to put our time and resources. Maybe even a little of what are our morals. As individuals working to make a difference, and as a society. Is that too much to ask? It's important to help individual's in crisis; Whether they are a human being or animal; Either way they are one of His creature's and they both have a heart. I know this is a time of scarce resources but to think of making a profit of the voiceless in any manner is just ludicrous to me, especially in this day and time. Don't we want to make the most impact from what we do? How can we make an impact? I think this article barely touches the root of many issue's and area's of concern's which hopefully can be addressed. Perhap's maybe not in a day or overnight but please don't give up or argue about it. Many, many cites and counties that of which are so much bigger and much more heavily populated have come to peaceful resolutions's. Why can't we? There just has to be as us as a society. I can not stress for those who have concerns and/or opinion's to absolutely go the council meeting's. If you don't know when or where they are, just call the Brazil City Office at 443-2221 or the County Courthouse. Sorry I don't have that phone number handy but you easily look it up or just stop by and ask any employee in there for the information you need. Remember that at these meeting's that these people seated at those table's are the people you voted for and their salarie's are paid by you, therefor, they work for you. Let them work for it! Well, that's enough about politic's. Anyway, that's about all I know about politic's but my point being; You do have the voice! It may be just a little too easy to just sit at your computer and lash at comment's on here, believe me, I am on here doing the same thing, but that doesn't do any good in the long run. Where can YOU really make a difference? Stay in touch! I think I have said enough; For now...

Please forgive me in advance for any typo's :-)

-- Posted by Hmmmm... on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 1:41 PM

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress,

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

M. Ghandi

-- Posted by Faire Lady on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 11:12 AM

What on earth would we do without Rescue Shelters? The handlers sure don't get rich. They have food, medications, vet bills etc. for each animal they take in. I would never adopt from a Puppy Mill or a pet store who only sells pedigred animals as most of them come from a Puppy Mill. I have 2 that were rescued puppy mill dogs that took 2 years to completly socialize. Imagine being in a cage like a chicken coop and every time a female came in to heet, she was breed and then after she was too old to breed she was tossed aside, also the old male puppy mill dogs were tossed aside too. It is costly to feed them and the vet bills are so costly but they deserve to live out the rest of their lives in a good home with lots of love and care.

Don't be so quick to judge our Rescue Centers, the are a God send.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 12:18 PM

PS to Faire Lady. What a wise saying and so true.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 12:19 PM

What my comment meant to read as and say was in this one particular sentence: I feel as if one that is living locally, whether within the City of Brazil of Clay County and with whom has ever watched the television show Animal Cops where the ASPCA or another animal organization would go to respond to a concern or investigation, the City of Brazil and Clay County is far beyond most any city or county that I have ever known of, lived in, or visited in my enitre life and believe me, I am not from here and have traveled quite extensively.

Should have been said as the following: I feel as if one that is living locally, whether within the City of Brazil OR Clay County, and with whom has ever watched the television show Animal Cops where the ASPCA or another animal organization would go to respond to a concern or investigation, the City of Brazil and Clay County ARE far BEHIND most any city or county that I have ever know of, lived in, or visited in my entire life ...

Again, so sorry for all the typo's. I know I made more than just that one but felt that one was worth correcting as stated.

And Yes; This is worth repeating as follows:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress,

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

M. Ghandi

-- Posted by Hmmmm... on Sat, Jul 9, 2011, at 1:45 PM

Turnover rate at shelter is high for many reasons...One of which is that the contract with local governments so low, it is hard to cover cost of caring for unwanted animals.

While there are many responsible pet owners in the community, there are also many who are not. It used to be that there was a dog tax to cover livestock damage when dogs left to run and kill livestock [it is against the law in IN to let your dogs run loose]. A tax that covered damage done to others' property. It was $2 a year. A price that had not been changed due to inflation in decades.

Now damages are more to other types of property and well being and prices are higher. It only makes sense to have a license and only makes sense to use the information we now have to insure safety and welfare of both pet and human population in the community. Just as health and life insurance rates are higher for those who smoke as their chances of becoming sick are higher, it is well known that the un neutered pet will cost the community more in damages as they will wander more, cause unwanted offspring, and damage property and maybe even threaten other pets and humans. It is also well known that a pet that has not been immunized against rabies costs more in testing and quarantine fees than an un immunized one. The welfare of our pets and fellow human beings, both financial and health is our collective responsibility. It is a fact that some individual pet owners are not responsible so the community of pet owners must take on that burden for the welfare of the rest. A yearly fee is much like an insurance premium so the community does go broke dealing with animal welfare/damage costs. This is commonplace in at least 4 of the 5 other locations in which I have lived. Just time for this community to catch up with what it actually costs a community to have pets.

Those who do not use a veterinarian to immunize their animals for rabies are breaking the law and raising the risk for themselves, their family members, and others in the community.

It costs money to have a pet. I respect anyone who chooses not to keep one because they cannot afford one or are unwilling to pay for the welfare of that pet. If it means that fewer people will have pets because they are legally mandated to buy a license and keep their pet immunized against a disease that can kill people, so be it. It's time we enforce our existing laws and update those that haven't been in decades...for the welfare of our citizens AND our pets. Animals don't have rights for with rights come responsibility but it is our responsibility to guard their welfare as well as that of other humans in our community who do not seem to know any better. A dog cannot make a decision any better than a 2 yr old child can. We have to make these decisions for them using our own God given human intelligence. Seems that we have to make some for some of the adults as well at times as their stubbornness to NOT do something that benefits the rest of us AND themselves causes them to wear blinders to the safety and financial well being of the community of which they themselves are a part. That is why we have local officials who must make decisions that benefit the WHOLE and not only the few stubborn ones. Let's pray that they do.

Have a good day.

Jenny Moore,

Registered Veterinary Technician IN

Licensed Veterinary Technician VA

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Jul 10, 2011, at 8:38 AM

The petition presented to the County Commissioners is to allow some sort of inspection of non-profit animal shelters and rescues. That is all! There needs to be some accountability as far as the welfare of the animals housed in these places. Spaying and neutering are not mentioned anywhere!

Someone has to be a voice for those who do not have one. Maybe the newspaper would be willing to find out exactly what the state laws are regarding this issue so we can make an informed decision locally.

-- Posted by Faire Lady on Sun, Jul 10, 2011, at 12:05 PM

The state veterinarian's office has reported 4 rabid bats have been found this year already. How many more are out there that have not yet been tested? Several of these had bitten pets and at least one dog was not current on his rabies immunizations and had to be put into quarantine [read$$$]. Indiana law states that any cat, ferret, or dog over 3 months of age needs to be immunized for rabies and this is a yearly requirement once they get the initial injection and booster the first year. Mandatory licensing with proof of rabies immunizations would help eliminate the danger of rabies passing on to the pet and human population as well as be a source of revenue to help pay for those pets not properly controlled or taken care of.

Just saying that since we know about the potential problems and costs, it is our responsibility to do something about it. Sticking our head in the sand is not the answer. This goes well beyond any regulations of shelters. We need to start doing things right at all levels to avoid problems. Not just keep putting out fires.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Jul 11, 2011, at 8:07 AM

For those concerned that rescues that are run by DONATION are not caring for their companion animals properly, the USDA is who is in charge, just like for farmers.

I suspect that all 9 rescues you say are in your county would be happy to collect TAX money to help defray costs if the commission decides to make an ordinance. Honestly, if your ordinance is going to be on the welfare of animals, that also includes farmers in this county. Start calling them in to voice their opinions about allowing people on their farms to check the welfare of their animals as well.

Maybe an animal census and a hard look at all the ones that are selling(not adopting out) and not accounting to the IRS that income on their taxes. Maybe start with all the ones selling at CROY CREEK.

What I am saying here is when you start this it is actually going to end up much greater than ONE RESCUE ONE PERSON is not happy with, and we all know who she is.

You want rescues to be shelters and abide by the laws for them and they are not.Like I said before,I work in rescue so that one day I will be out of a job because there are no more unwanted, abused,chained, starved and neglected companion animals.

Bottom line is if you want these ordinances then we need taxes raised so the rescues and shelter will have the funds to comply with your demands.I can't speak for other rescues but I know it takes just under 20,000 DOLLARS a year to run mine and I am a SMALL rescue,90% of that money is from my own pocket and the rest is from adoptions and donations.That ordinance will need a tax ryder to compensate us. On a good note, your taxes will raise even more to hire the new employees that will be needed to ensure compliance, a vehicle and all expenses for them to chase every complaint and also health benefits( much needed for all those unvaccinated animals when they bite). I imagine this person or persons will also be following complaints about other private citizens companion animals too and where do you think they wil take them when confiscated? TO THE OVERCROWDED SHELTER!

Be careful what you wish for.

-- Posted by Petrescuer on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 10:07 AM

Yes please put the humane shelters and the rescues out of a job because if it was not for them you would have dogs and cats running everywhere. When you live in a agriculture area there is no zoning that is what it is farming land and just because you live on the same road as they do and there are some houses does not make it a neighborhood it is a agriculture area and nothing more. NO HOOD NO community NO Nothing but a piece of the highway you live on. I have looked and clay county has no animal laws in it and when they do the farmers and people living in the county will have to abide by them to now how do you walk a cow again. And the people that have had their dogs tired up on chains for years well they need to get off and run to. You know there are some people in this world that just wants to micromanage everything and THIS IS AMERICA I THOUGHT IT WAS FREE besides if you want a neighborhood or a community or even governed please move to the city where they tell you what you can or can not do all the time. Sorry i am for free rights. If there is 9 rescues in clay county what about all the breeder to when this does come up for vote i bet they will be there and we will see what happens with that .

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 10:05 PM

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