BY SARAH R. GREGORY
During a Wednesday meeting, members of the Greene County Animal Control Committee reviewed reports concerning the number of animals picked up, rescued, euthanized and tested for rabies during 2013.
Greene County Animal Control Director Justin House prepared and read the 2013 report, as well as a regular quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2013 including October, November and December.
During 2013, Animal Control received 4,394 calls and conducted 139 animal bite investigations.
A total of 29 animals were tested for rabies. None of those animals tested positive, House said.
Animal Control picked up a total of 2,300 animals during the year, 303 of which were relinquished and 183 were claimed.
Of those picked up, 1,445 were euthanized.
Of those euthanized, 298 were described as having health problems, 419 were considered aggressive and 728 were considered adoptable.
"The 728 adoptable -- that bothers me that we euthanize those," said County Commissioner Jan Kiker, the committee chairman.
"I know right now there's not a solution, but I wish there were," she said.
The best solution available right now, Commissioner David Crum said, is for people to remember the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
House also gave the same report but for operations during the quarter of 2013 that included October, November and December.
During that period, Animal Control conducted 23 investigations regarding animal bites, and fielded 908 calls regarding animals.
A total of six animals were sent for testing, and none was reported as positive for rabies.
For the quarter, 447 animals were picked up. Of that number, 33 animals were claimed and 126 were rescued. A total of 288 were euthanized.
Of those euthanized, 50 had health problems, 84 were aggressive and 154 were considered adoptable.
At the previous meeting of the committee, in October, the board asked House to research local animal noise ordinances.
During Wednesday's meeting, House reported that he talked with the District Attorney General's office, which recommended against pursuing charges of disturbing the peace for animal noise complaints.
House reported that, instead, the recommendation was for neighbors with such disputes to pursue action in civil court.
Discussion about the topic was brief, and committee members appeared to agree that such a noise ordinance would be difficult to enforce, especially in rural areas, where there are numerous head of livestock.
Prior to adjourning, committee members agreed to meet next quarter on Wednesday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex.