County to purchase new animal control vehicle


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Fiscal court approved Tuesday to spend up to $22,000 on an animal control vehicle. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin made the motion that passed unanimously.

Logan County Humane Society Director Tracy Moser attended and spoke at the bi-monthly meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court, asking that the truck be replaced because it was not up to state standards. Moser said the truck’s check engine light and break light were on and she didn’t know why. She also said the truck was infested with mice and when the vents were open and air blowing, there was no telling what was coming out on the driver.

The current truck is very old and has been experiencing problems for years. The high mileage vehicle was purchased years ago by the sheriff’s department when animal control was under its control. Now, the animal control position is contracted and funded by the county to the human society.

“The truck is not currently meeting Kentucky standards,” said Moser Tuesday. “I don’t trust it.”

Moser said she would like to have a panel van instead of a truck. She said this would suit the society better. She said she didn’t need anything special, just a panel van with air conditioning. This would allow the society to wash the inside after hauling animals.

“Ventilation is a must,” said Moser.

The purchase is not in the 2015-1016 budget and therefore must be taken out of contingency money.

The county’s equipment committee will look into the purchase and come back to the court for approval.

Moser also handed out the July shelter report to the magistrates Tuesday.

As of July 31 total count at the Logan County Animal Shelter was 99, 18 in foster care (17 cats and 1 dog), and 81 on property (29 cats and 52 dogs).

There were 183 intakes in July (72 dogs and 111 cats)

73 owner surrender, 6 returns, 60 strays, 32 seized, and 12 transferred in

There were 42 adoptions in July, 7 reclaims, 22 transferred to another shelter or rescues, and 1 escape

In July there were 105 animals euthanized at the shelter (9 dogs and 96 cats)

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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