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Dog warden questions what to do with dangerous animals

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Updated: 12:32 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

MINDEN -- During the Minden Town Board's monthly meeting, Dog Warden James Brownell asked the board for guidance in regards to dangerous animals, and where they should be sheltered after being seized.

The town has a contract with the Fort Plain Animal Hospital to take sick or injured dogs, but there is nothing in the contract regarding dangerous animals. The contract is even limiting regarding sick or injured animals, as the shelter will not take them after Saturday at 1 p.m. for the duration of the weekend, until Monday morning.

After being informed by Brownell of the FPAH's inability to take animals after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Councilperson KarolAnn Grimm stated, "The reason we did a contract with them is so they'd be available Saturday afternoon and Sunday, so if we had an injured animal, it could be taken care of."

Recently, Brownell had to seize a dog that decapitated another canine. In this instance, the FPAH took the animal, but only because they weren't currently boarding any other dogs. It was a one-off instance, and not required in the current contract, Brownell explained.

Of future dangerous dogs, Brownell said, "I don't want to keep them in my garage."

The board noted that they'd review the contract with the Fort Plain Animal Shelter, which expires in early April.

Of a potentially dangerous animal, Minden Town Court Justice Frank Alford said, "putting them out here in the town barn is not viable."

The recently seized dog has been released into the custody of the owner by Justice Alford, with the stipulation that the licensed animal be neutered, and that the owner fence in an area for the dog. 

Alford said that in an instance where it's necessary to euthanize a dog, it has to first be housed in a veterinary clinic under observation for a certain period of time.

This was not an instance that required such measures.

     

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