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February 6, 2013

St. Joseph County Animal Control Advisory Board presents annual report

St. Joseph County Courthouse

The St. Joseph County Animal Control Advisory Board presented its 2012 Annual Report during Tuesday’s (February 5th) meeting of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

In remarks to county commissioners, Board Chair Lynda Molter reviewed the report which lists 16 accomplishments for the 2012 calendar year.  Topping the list is the notation that the “gas chamber was dismantled and scrapped off site” and an indication that “Animal Control is now only using injections.”

Molter reported that a ‘Red Tag System’ was put in place and “Red Tags are now being used for the cages to let volunteers know not to walk that animal for whatever reason.”

Molter touched on each of the bullet points in the report and concluded by saying that the board has “made impressive progress” and adding that, “looking to the future, our country will be facing many challenges.”  Molter said, “It is very important, while making our county desirable to businesses and families, to present a good quality of life.  I’m sure that everyone in this room would agree that the county is ready for a new animal shelter.  The board has been researching the best way to accomplish this goal.”

Lynda Molter, chair of the Animal Control Advisory Board, presenting the board’s 2012 Annual Report to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Molter said that a recent subcommittee meeting yielded a determination that the board “should recommend that our animal handling protocol should undergo a few basic changes.”

In concluding her remarks, Molter said, “These are ambitious goals to be sure, but the goals that this county must achieve in order to attain economic growth.  We have to present a better picture to the world.  As the board moves to the future, they will continue to help the director streamline the day-to-day operations of the sheltering of homeless animals with an eye to a new day.”  (Lynda Molter audio clip – 2:12)

Commissioner John Dobberteen said, “Thank you all for your work.  We appreciate it.”

To view the Animal Control Advisory Board’s 2012 Annual Report, click here.

To hear Lynda Molter’s presentation of the annual report, click on the following link:  Lynda Molter comments (12:07 – 11.1 MB).

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved creation of the Animal Control Advisory Board in June of 2011.  To learn more about that action, click on the following link to read an earlier story in the River Country Journal: Animal Control Advisory Board approved by St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.


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