Demand Changes be Made at Warrick County AC that Dumped Live Dog in Landfill
  • Petitioned Aaron Franz

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Warrick County Health Department
Aaron Franz
County Council member
Joe Schitter

Demand Changes be Made at Warrick County AC that Dumped Live Dog in Landfill

    1. Hand 4Paws
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      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

Boonville, IN: A disturbing incident happened in Warrick County, Indiana. Two people were present as Warrick County Animal Control officers dumped plastic bags at the local landfill. The people then watched in horror as one of the plastic bags started to move. A panting sound was heard coming from inside the bag.

The bag dumped at the landfill contained a dog. And it was still alive.

The concerned people brought it to the attention of the Animal Control employees, who simply responded “guess we’re taking this one back.” The Animal Control officers tossed the living dog, still confined in plastic, into the back of their truck.  They did not bother to check on its condition. The dog that almost cheated death was taken back to Animal Control and killed.

The Warrick County Board of Commissioners discussed the incident at a recent meeting. County Commission Board President Don Williams defended the animal control officers, stating there are only two employees responsible for running the shelter and pickup of animals countywide. He instead put the blame on the residents of Warrick County for neglecting their animals.

Several concerned residents and animal rights advocates attended the meeting. According to those present, Williams would not listen to their complaints or suggestions to improve the shelter. He also ridiculed the Warrick County Humane Society and their no-kill policy. He said the issue needs to be addressed by the Department of Health and the County Council, who controls the funds for the county.

Williams apparently chooses to ignore options available to this shelter that has up to a 90% kill rate.  Complaints are that the public is not allowed inside the shelter to view the dogs and cats.  The animals are not shown on online pet adoption websites. Volunteers are not permitted, and the shelter does not work with rescue organizations.  And according to residents, the shelter does not return phone calls made by concerned pet owners whose pets are lost.

In other words, animals that end up here don’t stand a chance.

Why is Warrick County Animal Control making it so difficult for their animals to get adopted?

Allowing volunteers and rescue groups to assist will not cost the county or its taxpayers, so please press for these changes.

Please help us make some very necessary changes to the Warrick County Animal Control shelter, including its leadership. So many lives depend on it.

To contact Aaron Franz of the Warrick County Health Dept., which is over Animal Control, please call 812-897-6105 or email

For more information:
Watch 14 news:

Image courtesy of the Warrick Humane Society Please note this photo is NOT the dog from the story. The photo is of Raz, one of many dogs and cats available for adoption at the Warrick Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Newburgh, IN:

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.   Please see updates under "News" section below.

Recent signatures


    1. Petition is closed

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Petition is closed so it can be sent to the target, Aaron Franz.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Petition to be closed and sent soon

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. Kill rate at Warrick Co AC decreased

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Putting the pressure on the AC has helped, however we've been told they are still euthanizing pets that rescues tried to save. Please continue to share this petition. There will be no change here without your help.

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. They are listening. Thank you so much for signing!

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Warrick County Animal Control now has a page on Facebook under that name. They have also set up a website where the dogs and cats up for adoption can be viewed, link is below.

      We thank them for their efforts so far, however will continue to keep the petition up until it is verified that the changes requested in this petition become part of the Warrick County AC policies and procedures for both the existing facility as well as the proposed facility.

    8. 14 News WFIE: "Residents put petition in place for Warrick Co shelter chng"

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The Warrick County Council will be meeting Thursday. They plan on approving a budget that includes a new $150 thousand Animal Control facility.

      This is great news, but please continue to share this petition. The majority of the dogs and cats currently housed at the AC will be killed if changes aren't made NOW. Those animals need to be allowed to be viewed so they may be adopted or rescued. They cannot wait for a new facility. They will have been euthanized by then.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Marguerite White LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      How evil these people should be held accountable for there actions and the poor dogs and cats should be available for adoption..these are animals that should be treated with humane and love not liike objects..

    • brian wamboldt BARRIE, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      i hate animal abuse.

    • Arthur Ross HOWARD CITY, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Not the right thing to do.

    • annette webb MONTPELIER, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      For the animals!

    • Lacey Madden NEWBURGH, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Animals cant speak for themselves so ill be there voice they have feelings too! I have saved so many and will keep doing it!


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