Washington County has an over population of animals, and they’re attempting to do all they can to combat the issue. Monday, the Ordinance Review Committee discussed three different options to help solve the problem. One will directly affect you if you don’t claim your pet fast enough.
All three ordinances were tabled Monday, including one that said the county can put your pet down in 5 days if you fail to contact the county if your animal is picked up by the Washington County Animal Shelter.
Currently, if your dog or cat gets out and has identifying information they will be returned to you at no cost within 24 hours.
However, if you don’t claim your animal within 10 days it becomes county property and could be euthanized or put up for adoption.
The county say’s they want to lower the number of days because there are so many animals at the Washington County Shelter.
Justice of the Peace Eva Madison says this should encourage owners to get appropriate neutering and identification for their pets.
“The reality is there’s too many dogs and cats in Washington county, and we are euthanizing for space. So I think one of the goals with this is if we don’t have to hold them for 10 days..we can only hold them for 5. Then we can adopt them out. But as an animal lover, I don’t want to risk my animal being euthanized that quickly,” said Madison.
Madison said another thing she wants the county to consider is adding leash laws to help keep animals safe and the number of animals in the area down/