Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center director Kim Pettrey is being instructed not to take any more cats from the city of McMinnville unless she charges a fee.
She was ordered by Commissioner Michael Martin to stop taking cats free of charge that are picked up inside the city limits during Monday’s Health and Welfare Committee meeting. Also on the committee are Teddy Boyd, Linda Jones, Tommy Savage and Blaine Wilcher.
Martin said he’s gotten phone calls about Pettrey accepting cats from city Animal Control officer David Denton.
“I’ve been called that you’ve been taking in city cats,” said Martin to Pettrey. “Are you taking in city cats down there?”
When Pettrey confirmed the county facility has always taken city cats, Martin added, “Are you charging the city? We charge Viola, Morrison and Centertown for cats and dogs.”
“No,” said Pettrey.
Martin added, “We’re going to have to look at that. If it ain’t in the policy that we take in city cats, then we can’t do that. They got an animal shelter.”
The city’s animal control facility, said Pettrey, houses dogs only and cannot accommodate cats.
“Well, they have to get a facility,” said Martin. “It ain’t in the policy manual that we take city cats. You either need to charge them like we do Viola, Centertown or Morrison to take in the cats or you can’t take in cats no more, until you get the policy amended.”
Savage asked if Pettrey can accept a cat if a private individual brings one in and not city Animal Control.
“We’re still supposed to charge them, if they live in the city,” said Martin.
Pettrey warned that not taking in cats would result in people dumping them.
“If we do this now, there’s no place for people to take them. That’s going to mean a lot of cats dumped at our gates."
The current policy, said Martin, charges Viola, Centertown and Morrison $10 per cat and $35 per dog to drop an animal at the county facility.
Martin made a motion to have the county attorney draft a resolution and present it to the full Warren County Commission that will change the county’s policy to charge the city of McMinnville the same fee as the other three cities. The motion passed 4-0 with Wilcher abstaining.
The full Warren County Commission must approve the change.