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Petitioning Warrick County Health Department Aaron Franz and 1 other

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


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 health@warrickcounty.gov

For more information:
Watch 14 news: http://www.14news.com/story/15553248/push-for-animal-control-changes-in-warrick-co?redirected=true Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/what-is-happening-behind-the-doors-of-this-animal-control

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: http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=IN40

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

Letter to
Warrick County Health Department Aaron Franz
County Council member Joe Schitter
We, the undersigned, respectfully request the following changes, (some of which were implemented after this petition came out) at Warrick County Animal Control: Policies and procedures should be reviewed, amended and followed so that the public has access to view the animals at the shelter. Pictures and descriptions of the dogs and cats should be placed on an online pet adoption website. Volunteers should be allowed to assist, and rescue organizations should be welcomed. This should apply to both the old and new facilities. Employees need to be trained in dealing with situations such as the live dog dumped at the landfill, and how to better serve the public.

Once the policies and procedures are amended to reflect the above, policies and procedures should be made available for viewing by the public.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.