Warren County Animal Control will no longer take unwanted pets if the facility is full to capacity with other animals.
Members of the county’s Health and Welfare Committee, along with Warren County Animal Control director Kim Pettrey, agreed Animal Control has enough stray animals to try and adopt out without having to worry about pets that are no longer wanted by their owners.
“Word has gotten out that we are working with rescues to adopt out animals and are euthanizing as few animals as possible, so people are bringing their dogs to drop off,” said Pettrey. “We don’t have time for owner surrenders. We are filling up with strays and nuisances.”
Commissioner Sally Brock said, “As long as we are full of nuisances and strays, we won’t take animals that people just don’t want anymore. We are not a boarding house.”
Commissioner Billy Earl Jones said, “If an animal’s owner is going into a nursing home or is moving away, that is different than just someone who is wanting to get rid of their dogs.”
According to Pettrey, people have pets which have not been spayed, which in turn have unwanted litters of puppies or kittens people bring to the facility.
Pettrey said one breeder of full-blooded hunting dogs brought a dog to her because he said it didn’t know how to hunt like it should.
Commissioner Teddy Boyd said, “We are Animal Control, not animal rescue. Maybe we can tell them some place that might take their animals.”
Pettrey said, “I have been doing that. I refer them to rescues that we’ve been using. We are filled up with strays and we are constantly going out on nuisance calls. Hopefully, our mandatory spay and neuter before adoption program will help stop so many strays being in the county.”
Members of the Health and Welfare Committee are Boyd, Brock, Jones, Diane Starkey and Blaine Wilcher.