published: Friday, April 26, 2013
Animal Control sets new date for livestock auction
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - Following a less than successful first attempt at a sale, officials at Highlands County Animal Control say they will try again to hold an auction to divest themselves of some of the livestock at their Airport Road location.
The gavel will fall at 11 a.m. Tuesday as more than 120 chickens and at least three horses will be put out for bid.
The chickens, both hens and roosters, will come from trapping efforts in the Highway Park neighborhood south of Lake Placid. Residents of the area say the place is overrun with the fowl, which have taken up residence just about anywhere there is to roost and have been causing damage to homes and vehicles there as well.
Reportedly, they are descendants of chickens used for fighting that either escaped or were turned loose.
Highlands County Animal Control Director Darryl Scott has estimated there still could be more than 300 chickens in the area and said trapping efforts will continue there.
While the chickens are not necessarily good for eating, animal control workers say they are prolific egg layers, with as many as three dozen eggs per day collected in the containment area. Those eggs currently are thrown away inasmuch as they have not been inspected and cannot be given away for human consumption under county statutes.
Those wishing to bid on the animals will be required to stop into the office before the auction begins. Workers will obtain residents' name, address and telephone number then will issue each bidder a card with their individual number. Scott himself will do the auctioneering.
In addition to the chickens, there will be three horses put up for sale. Scott described two as quarter horses, with one identified as a paso fino mare.
While dogs and cats will not be part of the auction, workers say they continue to be available for adoption. Reportedly, the animal control facility is close to capacity with the house pets.
Those wanting additional information may call Animal Control at 655-6475.
What Ever Happened to Animal Control Reform? (by: Terry & Scott Daisey - 4/27/2013)
So where is the reform that was promised? Not one line in any paper. The findings of the panel who were studying the problem of killing adoptable companion animals needlessly each week?
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