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Highway Dept. needs place for road kill
Levie Glenn

A decision by Warren County Animal Control to turn its focus toward rescuing cats and dogs has left the Highway Department without a place to take large animals.

“I don’t really have a place to dispose of large animals, deer and other stuff that people throw out,” said Road Superintendent Levie Glenn. “We used to take them to the Animal Shelter. They had a pit over there. They did away with that. Now, I don’t have anywhere to go with them.”

The dilemma was presented to members of the county Highway and Bridge Committee. 

“I didn’t know if I should bring it before this committee or that one,” said Glenn, referring to the county Health and Welfare Committee. “We need to find some way to dispose of them, especially when deer season opens. They toss them out along the road.”

Illegal dumping also involves livestock.

“We’ve even had big calves in the past,” said Glenn. “Their owners find an isolated place to throw them out. I wish there was a solution for that, a way to determine whose animal it is.”

Commissioner Gary Prater added, “The owners don’t want to take responsibility. It’s off their property and no longer their problem.”

Commissioner Randy England asked if there was an unused piece of county-owned property that could be used, to which Prater stated, “We have all kinds of land out by the Sanitation Department. The county owns that strip of land right there on the left past the old cheese plant.”

No solution was determined during the committee.