Carter not happy with sections of humane society contract

By Chris Cooper -

Magistrate Dickie Carter has a few problems with the contract between the county and the Logan County Humane Society. The contract was passed at a previous court meeting, however, Carter feels magistrates need to look into changing some things.

Carter said he held issue with two sections of the contract. One involves verbiage that could allow the society to take in animals from other counties, while the other involves the duties of the animal control officer, whose operation is under the society’s direction.

During the Tuesday, July 28th meeting of the fiscal court, Carter said he wanted to amend the section that states, “The LCHS agrees to assist the county by providing a clean and comfortable shelter program for homeless, abused, lost and abandon animals within the community.” Carter wanted to change the word “community” to “county,” believing community was too vague and could include taking in animals from other counties and states. Carter didn’t feel it was the responsibility of Logan County to fund taking care of other county’s animals.

Carter made a motion for the change, adding those who drop off animals at the local shelter should provide identification of residence. Magistrate Jo Orange seconded his motion, but it was defeated by a four to three vote.

Magistrate Thomas Bouldin, who voted “no” on Cater’s motions, said he wasn’t sure the county could tell the Humane Society who they could help. County Attorney Joe Ross said the safest way to handle the issue would be to tell the Humane Society to only use county funds on county animals.

“It makes no difference to me. It looks like you are just murking up the waters,” said Bouldin to Carter.

The second issue Carter had with the contract included the section that reads, “In the event the Animal Control Officer is off of work due to vacation, sick days, or any other reason sustained by the shelter director, then law enforcement will respond to animal control calls.” Carter asked if the law enforcement agencies had been contacted about this and agreed to do it. He didn’t think it was right to require the police to do the animal control job and put dogs into their cruisers.

“Has this been addressed with the law enforcement officials?” asked Carter.

Judge Executive Logan Chick said this is how is has been listed in the contract for years.

Sheriff Wallace Whittaker told Carter the problem was not having a vehicle to use during these times. He said he wasn’t real comfortable putting stray dogs in the back of his new cruisers either. Whittaker also said he had spoken with the lady at the Bowling Green shelter, but hasn’t been able to resolve anything yet.

“Some of these problems need to be addressed,” said Carter. “I just hear a lot of concerns.”

By Chris Cooper

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