Animal control discussed

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Common Council of the City of Brazil Council member Steve Lamb

A handful of Clay County residents attended the Common Council of the City of Brazil Wednesday to voice concerns regarding animal control.

Several residents recently approached the Clay County Commissioners requesting the installation or enforcement of animal control in the county. On Wednesday, some of those residents presented the council with a copy of a petition they had handed out, saying many county residents had signed.

Local resident LeAnn Rhodes stated she was unaware of how many total signatures the petition received.

Council member Steve Lamb asked if the petition was for the commissioners, what was the council to do, to which Rhodes said she was only asked to bring the petition to the council.

Many of the residents Wednesday asked how they were supposed to approach the Clay County Animal Rescue, if they suspected the rescue was housing their animal. The business provides animal control for the City of Brazil.

It is located on the property of Chrystll and John Owens and there are no trespassing signs located at the facility.

However, John Owens stated if residents are looking for their animals at the rescue, all they would have to do is make an appointment.

Owens said fines would have to be paid first through the city before the appointment was made.

Council President Sam Glover also asked if the businesses' phone number was published, which the Owens said it was not. However, they noted the Brazil City Police Department and officials at City Hall had the number.

Rhodes, however, noted there might be confusion as to what city ordinances referred to as an animal shelter and its operational hours.

Citing state ordinances and ordinance City Ordinance 93.03 (established in 1988), Rhodes said there was "confusion" regarding the city's current animal control contract with the rescue center.

She said the city ordinance stated, "The animal shelter shall be open to inspection at reasonable times for owners to search for and reclaim animals."

She then noted she has been in contact with several people who have had difficulty in the past getting in touch with the owners of the rescue center.

Rhodes also noted the contract the city has with the animal rescue notes it is a shelter.

"I think our problem is in the animal control contract," Lamb said, "where we identified the animal rescue as an animal shelter."

Council member Pat Heffner suggested the council look into amending the contract with the animal rescue.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said the wording of the contract with the business would be looked at in the future.

"We're going to address that," she said.

The Clay County Animal Rescue has had an animal contract with The City of Brazil for three years.

Meanwhile, with a unanimous vote, the council passed a Special Floodplain Ordinance's second reading. According to City Attorney Traci Lawson, the ordinance was updated to include new language, in addition to new federal and state statutes.

Lawson has said the ordinance was required so the city could participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and had to be approved before new floodplain maps take effect in September.

The Common Council meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month in Council Chambers of City Hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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  • I think there is something wrong with any place that you can not visit freely.

    -- Posted by skooby on Wed, Jul 27, 2011, at 11:57 PM
  • skooby really would you like for someone just to come on your property and just go look around not knowing what they are doing and why.

    -- Posted by oknow on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 10:14 AM
  • If I didn't have an animal rescue center, no of course not. BUT if I was the owner of a rescue, I'd expect to have people coming to look at the animals. I'd assume that goes along with the job. Do they not adopt the dogs out if they are not claimed? If not what do they do with them? If this place is located where their home is and they didn't want people stopping by then they shouldn't have taken on this job. All just my opinion but if I was paying them they'd have a business phone & business hours.

    -- Posted by skooby on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 12:08 PM
  • Skooky, you are right.

    The clay county humane shelter is no better.

    I picked up a stray dog on my propety and

    took it to the humane shelter and was told

    they could not take it because they were full.

    I asked the lady what I should do with it and

    wanted me to take it back. Pretty bad.

    -- Posted by patriotgames on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 12:29 PM
  • Clay County Animal Rescue

    To whom it may concern.

    We as a private rescue are open to the public by appointment. The Clay County Rescue has had an animal control contract with the city for 3 years. We are never full, because we have many resource outlets for animals. We pick up animals Monday -- Friday 8 am to 4pm and on weekends for emergency reasons. To contact us please call 812-605-0548. We are a small rescue that has helped a lot of animals over the years, and will continue to help animals for many more to come. As a rescue we take in a lot of animals that have to be given up for one reason or another. Our rescue should be the last resort to rehoming your pet. All animals that are picked up by animal control from the city will have 3 business days to be claimed by the owners. By law of Indiana after the animal is dropped off at our rescue where it is vetted and rehomed through adoption or transferred to another animal rescue to be placed for adoption. I am a home based rescue with foster homes and 8 rescues that help with the transport and rehoming of the animals.

    We have a vet that comes out once a month to check our animals and gives shots. We are here to help and save animal. Not for drama or the rumor mills. Please if you have something to say or ask call our rescue and we will answer the questions you have to the best of our knowledge. We have nothing to hide, but the rescue is at our home so if people could please make appointments either for adoptions or finding lost animals it would be appreciated. We do not pick up animals in the county as of last year. If you would like to help with the animals call the rescue. We always have something going on and we are always looking for much needed help. Donations to the animal control for Brazil is always appreciated no matter how small, large, or if you just want to come out and help give a stray a bath.

    Rumors can badly hurt a person or a business so please if you hear something call and ask instead of assuming they are true. We are 2 people and a lot of resources and we can always use more.

    Thank you for your time and reading this if any questions please call.

    Clay County Animal Rescue.

    -- Posted by clay county animal resuce on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 1:52 PM
  • To just come on some one's home property to see a home business without permission is just RUDE.

    -- Posted by Tracy Jones on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 2:30 PM
  • yes it is just plain and against the law to come on someone personal property, with private property it is a courtesy to be allowed on the property not a right.

    -- Posted by clay county animal resuce on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 3:02 PM
  • I agree the humane shelter stinks. We've had to 'take care' of stray animals ourselves because the sherrif couldn't get thru to them and you can't call them directly either.

    -- Posted by skooby on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 5:00 PM
  • I have had NO problems with getting ahold of the rescue. Just a few weeks ago I had a very sweet yellow dog show up on my front porch. I called the police and they gave me the number for the rescue and when they called me back I told them that I was at work and they couldnt get to the dog because my gate was locked so Mrs. Owens made arrangements to meet me when I was home so she could get the dog. She came, got the dog and was on her way. Had the owner of this dog been doing what they should this dog would have never spent the night at my house and ended up at the rescue! Dont blame the rescue for dogs running is the owners of the dogs who are at fault! As for those who are being rude and just expecting the Owens to allow people on their property any time day or night I ask this, Would you want people walking around on your property while you are not home or while you are trying to sleep? No you wouldnt! To Mrs. Owens.. I do hope you found a home for the yellow dog that I sent with you! She was a very sweet girl! I appreciate everything you do for the animals!

    -- Posted by dogslove on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 12:08 PM
  • Yes dog love i did she went out of state as almost all my dogs do. thank you for you keeping her safe.

    -- Posted by clay county animal resuce on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 1:00 PM
  • Since I was unable to attend meeting to show support for the center I wanted to post. I have been to the property on a few occasions and was amazed at the amount of work and resources it takes for operation. Much out of their own pocket to provide this much needed service.

    My son came upon an severely injured stray dog 2 weeks ago on his way home from work and was unable to just pass by like many had probably done that day. We contacted the Owens and they came out and retrieved the dog and literally saved its life. Mr. Owens suggested I call the Humane Shelter in the future. However, based on past experiences with the latter, that would not nor ever be my first choice to save an animal.

    Thank you Clay County Animal Rescue for your service and COMPASSION!!!!!

    -- Posted by Hoosier65 on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 2:00 PM
  • we named him one eyed jack he was half dead and pulled from under a car he is doing wonderful now up and running around he is an older dog around 8-10 yrs. A lady in IL took him in and is giving him a forever home.

    -- Posted by clay county animal resuce on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 2:12 PM
  • The news story has me a bit confused. Why weren't the "many residents" concerned about their pet before they let them run loose, get lost, hurt, hungry, thirsty? NOW THEY WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE???? This sounds fishy...

    -- Posted by Hoosier65 on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 2:21 PM
  • Isn't the rescue getting funding from the city? Then it should be more cooperative with the public. Secondly, the Humane Shelter is literally limited on space. There aren't new cages/crates or room additions growing on trees! If you are wanting a hotel room, you have to verify if there is a vacancy. "Being full" goes all the way back to the days of Jesus...he was born in a barn because there was NO ROOM at the Inn. When a BUSINESS is unable to take more customers, they can not take them! It wouldn't be fair to take an animal and then not be able to fund the food it needs. My doctor isn't taking new patients, but I don't whine about it. They would never be able to get me an appointment if they continued to fill up the roster. Let's just be thankful the shelter is open in Clay..some counties are going belly up and those residents have NO where to take their animals. If people would adopt/spay and neuter....the humane shelter would be CLOSED forever due to no demand.

    -- Posted by abbccc on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 3:00 PM
  • we are funded by the city for animal pick up we are not a public shelter and never will be,we do all our pick ups through the police dept if we pick it up it is on record there and as far as lost animals if people was so worried about finding a lost dog why do i still have a puppy 9-10 wks old that went to the fire dept on Monday morning at 7 am and 5 days later i still have it no one has called how can you miss you animal for 5 days and not realize it is gone. I am not against the shelter just some of the people that have ran it in the past Karen from there is doing a great job i think but they are full by with a contract you can not be full for strayed or found animals. But when you are you are there is nothing to do but feed them and hope someone comes to give them a good home. If people would stop gripping so much and help more then it would be great for everyone animals and people.

    -- Posted by clay county animal resuce on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 4:03 PM
  • You're right....we are very lucky to have not just one but 2 places for "unwanted pets"!!! Spaying and/or neutering helps as does keeping pets in the yard and not letting them run loose.

    However, I would not compare a for-profit business with a non-for-profit. Well-managed medical practices and motels would eventually expand to meet growing demand. Just good business practice. On the other hand, a non-profit funded through grants and donations must make every penny count and has no room for mismanagement and theft.

    -- Posted by Hoosier65 on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 4:23 PM
  • The one big issue I see is that the rescue that services the city is all the way out on south 59 and the one for the county is in town???????? Ugggg

    -- Posted by citizen 99020 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 3:36 PM
  • See here is the thing citizen 99020 a rescue can go anywhere in county so if they out there then they was picking up a unwanted animal and did not have anything to do with the city animal control they are a rescue you know.

    -- Posted by oknow on Thu, Oct 13, 2011, at 5:55 PM
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