WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission was questioned Tuesday about the dealing with of complaints of animal neglect within the county.
Cindy Dobbs and Carri Welsh informed the commissioners they don’t consider the process established in a county ordinance addressing the outside care of animals is being strictly adopted.
Welsh famous the ordinance establishes penalties for residents of unincorporated areas of the county who fail to supply enough shelter, water and different care for his or her animals whereas outdoors.
It requires a warning to be delivered for the primary offense and the proprietor to be given 72 hours to appropriate the violation. For every subsequent offense, the proprietor could also be fined $300 to $2,000.
After the third offense and when an animal clearly seems to have acquired merciless or inhumane therapy, the animals could also be taken into the county’s custody, with the proprietor charged for his or her care by the county’s animal shelter.
Welsh famous there are also state legal guidelines governing correct look after animals.
Dobbs stated dishes of water usually freeze in winter, and animals can rapidly change into dehydrated.
The two stated they’ve noticed animals with frozen water and missing shelter, straw and different lodging in addition to receiving ideas from neighbors, who wished to be nameless.
They stated they’ve taken photographs of some and notified Dan Posey, the county’s canine warden, of all.
Welsh stated she’s solely conscious of 1 quotation being issued this 12 months.
“We would like better resolution with some of the things that are happening,” she informed the commissioners.
County Commissioner Stacey Wise stated, “Every complaint that has come in has been reviewed and looked at.”
Wise stated no circumstances of abuse or neglect are being ignored.
County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III stated nameless ideas are of little or no use in prosecuting a violator, including such complaints needs to be made on to the canine warden or legislation enforcement.
Barki stated Posey “can only act on what he sees when he goes out there.”
Christina White, director of the county’s emergency 911 middle, stated issues could not all the time be as they seem and bowls of water will be overturned or rapidly consumed.
Posey stated there was a case by which Welch reported there was no straw for a canine outdoors and he discovered it behind a field so it couldn’t be seen from the street.
The pair wasn’t fully crucial of Posey. Welch famous he volunteered to carry a field to a canine proprietor on his break day and has tried to work with different animal house owners to make sure they’ve correct care.
But Posey stated he can now not report back to the pair and others the resolutions following his investigations.
Dobbs and Welsh had been a part of a small group that appeared earlier than the fee.
A person on the assembly who didn’t give his identify stated he has posted a No Trespassing signal as a result of some within the group have been coming onto his land to feed his horse, which he stated is pointless.
Steve Tennant, a long-time native advocate for animals, stated, “We’re starting to let personalities get into this too much, I think.”
He instructed the entire events meet to share considerations and insights in hopes it could carry about extra understanding amongst everybody.
Barki informed Tennant, “Everything you said is 100 percent reasonable. I wish it would turn out that way.”
After noting there are ranges of care amongst pet house owners, White instructed Dobbs, Welsh and others method state legislators for stricter legal guidelines.
Commission President A.J. Thomas stated which may be their greatest method.
In different enterprise, the commissioners acknowledged a number of Brooke County workers who’ve retired throughout the final two years.
County Commissioner Tim Ennis famous they usually do this yearly however the pandemic led them to postpone it.
They had been: Lisa Smith, former workplace supervisor for the prosecutor’s workplace, the place she labored for 41 years; Mary Lu Wigal, a clerk for the county’s circuit court docket workplace; Darin Pizer, a former county sheriff’s deputy with 34 years in legislation enforcement; Pam Northcraft, whose work for the county included 11 years as chief election clerk; Debbie Keener, who labored within the assessor’s workplace for a few years; and Cheryl Ross, a clerk for the circuit court docket who has remained there on a part-time foundation to coach new hires.
White famous Pizer additionally has been pressed again into service on a part-time foundation, utilizing his background work with the 911 middle to help with ongoing upgrades there.
County Clerk Kim Barbetta introduced the courthouse will likely be closed Monday for Presidents Day.
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