published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Animal Control auction is set for Thursday
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - It seems no matter how many animals Highlands County Animal Control Director Daryl Scott is able to auction off, the inventory re-stocks itself at a blistering pace.
In the past, the department has seen horses, ferrets and dozens of chickens go under the gavel and out the front gate. Another auction set for Thursday at 10 a.m. will be no different.
Up this time around are a potbellied pig, a miniature horse and, yes, even more of the feral chickens for which the Highway Park community now has become famous. However, those fowl are getting to be a bit more scarce at the Airport Road compound.
"They're getting smarter and harder to catch, so we don't have as many of them this time around," Scott said.
The Animal Control director speculated that in spite of that fact, they might have a few more that still might be captured this week. He also reported that although some of the hens have biddies this time, they are not laying eggs as they have in the past.
"I can't tell you why that is - maybe it's the heat," Scott said.
In the past, some other more exotic species, like rabbits and horses, had been turned in by owners who no longer could care for them. This time, however, both the pig and the horse were found running loose.
"The potbellied pig was roaming around at Highlands Homes and a family penned it up inside their fenced-in yard. The horse also was found wandering. We haven't been able to find the owners," he said.
This will be the third auction in four months. Two similar events in May and June saw all the animals sold. The last auction, however, saw a rather large audience with comparatively few bidders.
Scott hopes this event will be as successful as the June auction, so they again can take some time and let the inventory build before holding another such sale.
The gates will open at the Highlands County Animal Control compound at 9 a.m. Thursday, with the auction to get under way at 10 a.m. As in the past, Scott will do the auctioneering.
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