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Animal control is addressed

Commissioners hear proposals from citizen-based group
During their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening, Ellis County Commissioners heard the recommendations of the citizen-based committee appointed three months ago to study animal control issues. Commissioner Dennis Robinson, pct. 1, headed up the committee.
“We got some good input from citizens,” said Robinson. “We had a lot of different viewpoints, and some areas (of the county) have different problems than others. Our goal was to get recommendations and solutions to bring back to the Court to help provide added animal control that is cost effective to the citizens of Ellis County.”
Committee member JoAnn Livingston was on hand to present the group’s recommendations, as follows:
The consensus is to keep the ordinance as it is now, but note that there are several committee members who recommend placing “running at large” language back into the ordinance. No one on the committee wanted to return to the September change.
• Develop a written procedure for the disposal of dead animals.
• Have County staff initiate talks with the different cities in Ellis County to explore the possibility of a joint animal control facility; could include holding a workshop in the future, with possible creation of an exploratory committee.
• Negotiate a per-dog fee with the Ellis County SPCA on either a monthly or quarterly pay basis when the contract comes up for its next renewal.
• Have the Ellis County SPCA provide input to the County on a survey to be sent out to vets; the survey will be sent out by the County.
• Leave the committee in place, with the next meeting – unless called sooner – to be after the general election so as to meet with the Sheriff-elect.
In September of 2007, the Court revised its animal control ordinance, removing the phrase “running at large.”
“It basically didn’t have anything in there pertaining to stray animals,” Robinson said. “Then we amended that in January and allowed officers to pick up strays with a complaint call from the citizens. The majority (of the committee members) were pretty well satisfied with the way it has been working in the last three months.”
No action was taken on the item during Monday’s meeting.

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