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Bainbridge does the humane thing

Friday, October 14, 2011

BAINBRIDGE -- With the Humane Society closed for the moment, the Bainbridge Town Council has listened to Bob Barker's advice -- keep your pets spayed or neutered.

The town had a year-and-a-half contract with the Putnam County Humane Society where any stray animals caught by the town would be brought to the shelter to be spayed or neutered and then released where they were found. The contract expires at the end of 2011.

Since the shelter has closed, the town is trying to determine what to do regarding the final three months of the contract, as well as figure out if it should resign with the Humane Society should it reopen. The town has a policy in place where it is required to spay or neuter stray animals it catches regardless of their decision, but it may take the animals to the shelter in Cloverdale instead.

This happened recently when the town caught two cats, a male and female, and seven kittens, which were left at an abandoned property. The town spayed and neutered the cats and gave the kittens to another family before returning the adult cats to the home.

Board member Bonnie Osborn was very happy this had been done, and she and fellow board member Chuck McElwee congratulated the town utility members for their work.

The town must also decide if they are willing to pursue action if they cannot receive reimbursement for the breach of contract.

Town treasurer Jason Hartman also informed the board of the new software that will soon be used to send utility bills to Bainbridge citizens. The software will organize the billing data better and allow the town to do several things that would make the process easier, such as send one bill for both utilities instead of two separate bills and allow for online payment.

The new process will begin on Nov. 10, though it is uncertain if all of the features will be ready by that time. Hartman said he is trying to plan for any sort of problems the system may create, but he is willing to delay the new system if problems arise.

"We're taking it slow, but there might be some bumps," Hartman said. "There's going to be a lot of rough spots."

The board is still attempting to determine where, if at all, it should move the dumpster currently located in the parking lot of the town's walking trail. The town received a quote on the price of a new flat sheet of concrete that could be used to support the dumpsters should the town decide to create an entirely new space for them, but the cost is $2,500.

Troy Elless said the park board has suggested the dumpsters simply be moved behind the town hall building somewhere, but an exact location has not been determined. The park board will decide what to do at a later date.

The board also agreed on its trick-or-treat hours. The designated hours are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.

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I have a problem with "doing the humane thing" First someone dumps their unwanted animals on me and when the Town does capture them they have them spayed/neutered and then they bring them back and dump them on me or in my neighborhood. No provisions to feed or care for them they just "do the humane thing" and DUMP them. Animal Control should be just that and if homes can't be found don't dump them, hard it is PUT THEM DOWN!

-- Posted by Trying hard on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 7:28 AM

So would it be best to "put them down" before or after the spay/neuter procedure?

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 8:04 AM

As an animal lover, I have to agree that it is NOT humane to put an animal back into a situation that might leave them starving. Yes, by spaying/neutering you are preventing more animals from coming into the picture. If these animals were just "left" they are not used to finding their own food source. I hate to see an animal put down, but if they are not adopted it is more humane than allowing starvation.

-- Posted by SchnauzerMom on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 9:00 AM

Communities have been doing the catch and release for years. The theory behind it is that if the population can be reduced, then the chance of survival increases. Once the altered population lives their lives, then that group does not continue because they have not reproduced. I understand the shock of putting animals down because there are not enough homes, but until you are the one administering the euthanasia you can't understand how impossible this choice is. It is too hard to live with! Catch and release works. This community has taken action, they should be thanked!

-- Posted by Hairy Tiger on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 10:03 AM

Hairy Eagle has presented some great points. My one disagreement would be with "The theory behind it is that if the population can be reduced, then the chance of survival increases." Or, perhaps I would word it differently as to suggest that increases quality of life for those animals. It also simply reduces the number of predators in the area who are killing small mammal and bird populations in a serious level. So, in that respect, survival increases for a plethora of species in the community. The survival of predators is critical, but on this level, it can be mildly devastating to other ecological communities. Thank you for putting this article out there as it sheds light on a great deal of darkness with this situation. Community involvement!

-- Posted by AlexanderAlexander on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 11:21 AM

It doesn't seem to me that there is a good solution to the problem without refunding the animal shelter. This should be on the agendas for the next scheduled local government meetings.

-- Posted by David Worthington on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 11:43 AM

It must start with the pet owner- every household pet should be altered. SPOT CLINIC - CLOVERDALE!!There are obviously too many unwanted animals, just look at the ads & Petfinder...Backyard breeders should be required to have a license & pay a substantial fee. Too many "backyard breeders" just throw 2 animals together without any regard for genetics, wanting to make easy money.

Secondly, government needs to step up & be proactive & establish & enforce strict spay/neuter ordinances. While I applaud efforts to spay neuter strays, it is not humane to turn those animals loose. Although cats are able to fend for themselves to some extent, cold weather is coming.

-- Posted by Essie on Fri, Oct 14, 2011, at 4:41 PM

As a past member of the community, we constantly fought the neighbors cats/kittens. I am fine with owners of cats. However, picking up their feices everyday or stepping in it was not a pleasure and any speck of mulch or soft dirt was open game. It should be the responsibility of the owners to handle this or lose them. Kitty's are cute but they grow up to be cats.

-- Posted by bearcat on Sat, Oct 15, 2011, at 8:31 AM

WHAT?? Release back at the point of capture?? That's another work for DUMPING!! This is strickly a law VIOLATION! ALEXANDER is correct in saying they are devistating to natural wildlife. Particuraly in this economy,it turns my belly upside down to think anyone,,even government would spend money on cats,when there are CHILDREN in need of those dollars!! OMG! Put them down for everyones sake!

-- Posted by Ya THUNK on Sat, Oct 15, 2011, at 8:17 PM

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