Animal control update is given
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2013 | 856 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bill Winters
Bill Winters

After much discussion about a proposed state veterans home, the Bradley County Commission on Tuesday received some updates on where the county stands on choosing a solution for animal control.

Commissioner Bill Winters shared his version of events from the recent joint ad hoc committee meeting with members of the Cleveland City Council.

“The city’s been very much cooperative,” Winters said.

Commissioners have been working with two different committees to find a solution the whole Commission can eventually approve. In addition to the county having its own animal control committee, two commissioners also serve on a joint committee with the city.

Winters said the joint committee had recently discussed options that would place control of the city-run animal shelter in the hands of a local nonprofit organization. There were two main options presented. Both would employ city animal control officers to pick up animals. However, one option would have the officers working from the shelter, and the other would have them working from the Cleveland Police Department.

“They’re pretty much the same,” Winters said. “The exception is where the office is.” 

The county-only committee has been discussing the possibility of working with two different nonprofits, The Ark of Cleveland and the SPCA of Bradley County.

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said he is not sure where the joint committee stands, and there needed to be more clarification on the numbers The Ark was proposing to the separate committees because they did not match each other.

In addition, he said the options discussed in the joint committee meeting sounded like they only took into account one of the two nonprofits the county alone had been considering.

Winters said The Ark was the only nonprofit represented at the recent joint committee meeting.

“We have to assume that it’s a proposal from just one party then,” Davis said.

He added that more questions need to be answered, and Winters said the joint committee was planning to meet at least a couple more times to discuss animal control.