published: Friday, May 18, 2012
Local vet says that non-profit should take over Animal Control duties
By ED BALDRIDGE
AVON PARK - A Highlands County veterinarian is suggesting that the county turn over animal control to a non-profit organization.
In an e-mail addressed to the Board of County Commissioners, Dr. Elton J. Gissendanner wrote his proposed plan could "save a couple of hundred thousand dollars yearly and be a better service to the public, taxpayers and prevent lots of needless suffering of animals."
"I approached this without reflecting any positive or negative concerns of the current animal services or any persons therein and 'from scratch' as if there was no present animal services operation in place," Gissendanner wrote.
Commissioners appointed five Highlands County citizens to a newly formed Animal Control Advisory Committee Tuesday and the group is tasked with looking at more efficient ways to operate and maintain the county's animal control department.
Another group of local veterinarians also made a proposal to commissioners and asked for similar items as Gissendanner.
Dr. Gissendanner's proposal varied from the other veterinarians when he included a "3 to 5 year contract to a non-profit animal humane organization 501 (c) (3) as provided by state law" for the "animal care and disposition."
Collection would be performed by the sheriff's office and "the existing animal shelter and facilities to hold and care for all animals, seized, abandoned, given up or otherwise obtained by the county."
"Adoptions revenues collected as well as other revenues generated at the shelter shall be county funds to help defray costs of the contractor," Gissendanner also suggested.
The proposal called a "mandatory computer ID implants for all pet dogs and cats 10 weeks old or upon transfer from one owner to another."
Gissendanner's plan also asks for an annual license for dogs and cats four months old or older with a discount for having been spayed or neutered and rabies vaccination as provided by state law.
Dr Gissendanner is right! (by: audrey stansbury - 4/5/2013)
Dr, Gissendanner is right.
Vets recomendations (by: Al - 5/19/2012)
Just call it "the Python Law", squeeze with regulations, county ordinances and fees the pet owners to death.
Animal Control Recommendation (by: Lake Placid Resident - 5/19/2012)
This makes sense. Hope the county commissioners seriously consider how the county could work with a nonprofit to make something like this work.
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