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Inmates may return to Animal Control
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Jail inmates were a big help at Animal Control during a previous partnership program which may be implemented again.

A stalled partnership between Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center to better the lives of animals could be making a comeback. 

The county Health and Welfare Committee has voiced a desire to revive a pilot program that allowed female trustees to help staff and volunteers clean Animal Control. 

The program was launched in October 2018 and abruptly came to an end four months later in February 2019 without a clear reason given as to why. However, Commissioner Blaine Wilcher explained the previous issue during the most recent committee meeting.

“The problem before was we had them during regular open hours too and that was a tough situation for anybody to monitor,” said Wilcher.

According to the update given by Wilcher, Sheriff Tommy Myers has approved a class for staff and volunteers at the center to be able to supervise trustees.

“This will keep our shelter clean while giving volunteers a break and the trustees enjoy it,” said Wilcher.

Health and Welfare Committee members unanimously voted to give that partnership a second try. In attendance were Commissioners Blaine Wilcher, David Dunlap, Deborah Evans, Lori Judkins and Joseph Stotts.

Relaunching the program now awaits the approval of County Executive Jimmy Haley before it becomes active again. When contacted Tuesday, Haley wouldn't  say if he plans to reinstitute the jail inmate program or not.

“As always, I have a plan underway,” said Haley via text.