BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
Greene County's Animal Control facility, located on Hal Henard Road, took in nearly 650 animals during the second quarter of this year.
Director Justin House reported to the County Commission's Animal Control Committee on Wednesday that the facility housed 648 animals at some time during April, May and June.
Of the 389 euthanized:
* 113 had health problems (injuries, parvo, etc.),
* 77 were aggressive, and
* 199 were adoptable.
Another 200 animals were rescued from the Animal Control facility by the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society or an authorized local animal rescue organization.
In addition, there were 59 animals claimed by owners.
The committee approved new rates for claiming animals in January, an action which House said resulted in between $4,000 to $6,000 in revenue for the facility this quarter.
Combined, those animals that were rescued and claimed account for 40 percent of the animals that passed through the facility, up from 31 percent in the same quarter of 2012.
House logged 1,251 calls regarding animals during the second quarter and investigated 38 reports of an animal bite.
There were six animals, including dogs, a cat and a raccoon, that were sent to the state to be tested for rabies, but none returned positive for rabies, he said during his quarterly report.
"It's pretty much the same as last year," House concluded. "This is our busiest time of year."
The numbers were similar to the 2012 second quarter report, in which House said that 664 animals had come through the facility.
He praised the efforts of the Humane Society, which he said rescued between 40-50 of the animals this quarter.
Commissioner David Crum asked if all animals rescued must be spayed or neutered, which House confirmed.
"They always send us documentation back saying they got them spayed or neutered," House said.
Laura Meade and Sandra Olson, of "Save Our Snoopies" (SOS) Beagle, asked if Animal Control also requires claimed animals to be spayed or neutered.
"I don't know that you can," House replied. "That would be telling someone what to do with their own property."
House noted that Olson has requested authorization to pull (or "rescue") animals from the facility to foster for SOS Beagle (sosbeagle.org).
At House's recommendation, the committee voted unanimously to approve this request, pending House's approval of Olson's facilities.
The committee also reminded Olson that House may pull anyone's authorization at his discretion if there is just cause.
"I appreciate what you do," Commissioner and Chairwoman Jan Kiker said. "I know that rescues help Justin a lot by pulling some of those that might otherwise get euthanized."