The Cherokee County Commission, during its Monday, July 14 meeting, approved an agreement with Etowah County for animal impoundment and gave permission for the chairman to sign the agreement.
“Right now we do not have a shelter,” explained Cherokee County Administrator Tim Burgess during the work session prior to the regular commission meeting. “We’ve got equipment, an animal control officer, the problem is we don’t have anywhere to put them. I have contacted Etowah County. Etowah County, as you know, they are building a shelter, which is on Highway 278 in the Three Corners area. They have not completed that yet. They are using another county to impound their animals temporarily. They are willing to transport our animals to that same facility and do that for a fee of $15 per animal. The animals will still remain our property and the paperwork will be kept on the animals.”
The agreement, commissioners stressed, includes only the unincorporated areas of the county. Each municipality has the option to participate in the county plan.
“With this agreement, all we are doing is allowing Etowah County to transport the animals for $15 per animal,” said Burgess. “That will be our only cost. This will be on a temporary basis. You can’t run a facility for that. I think it is reasonable.”
During the work session, Cherokee County Animal Control Officer Scott McGinnis presented for the commission’s consideration a list of the equipment he will need which includes tranquilizer guns, boxes, a mesh net, cat traps, dog traps, dog muzzles, gloves and other items.
Burgess and McGinnis will meet to discuss purchasing the needed items.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver noted that McGinnis has completed Level I animal control training. He will soon begin Level II training and will receive Level III training in October.
Commission Chairman Melvyn Salter said they will also be considering a budget for animal control needs for Fiscal 2008-2009 and asked McGinnis to begin thinking about the budget.
During the public comment segment of the regular session, Art Rowley, on behalf of a group of Leesburg citizens, expressed opposition to the commission’s proposal to place an animal shelter on the former Cherokee County landfill property.
“The town of Leesburg has passed a resolution in opposition to your proposal to use the landfill,” said Rowley. “The reason we are opposed to that is number one, we think it costs too much money, and two it can adversely affect the property values and peoples living conditions in and around that area. We think that putting the enclosed animal shelter there is going to make a bad situation even worse.”