The following are excerpts from an article in the Olney Daily Mail in Richland County showing the mentality of their county board - and another link in the disappearing dogs story. Stay with us, we'll eventually get to the bottom of it all.
This is PUBLIC information and the board thinks that they can keep it to themselves.
If there is no hidden agenda, release the info.
Who do you think you are?
Board Member Melinda Hunt said the board had copies of a letter written by Mike Dawson, who also writes an animal column for the Daily Mail, raising questions about where the animals at the pound are taken, also alluding to questions about whether or not animals there are being sold.
Hunt said the board was supplied information about where the animals are taken. Animal Control officer Sandy Millman said later in the meeting the animals are taken to a network of animal rescues and humane societies in the northern part of the state.
Hunt said she also spoke with Millman, Dawson and State’s Attorney David Hyde, and ultimately felt it was an issue between them. She also said Hyde thought the list of places to which the animals are taken should not be made public now due to the ramifications that the entities may face.
The board then heard from Richard Eckiss, who said he is responsible for delivering animals and bringing back feed.
Eckiss said the board has a list of kennels, addresses and phone numbers, but if the information is mishandled it could be detrimental to the whole program and the pound could go back to its formerly high rate of euthanasia. He said that if the places were made public, they could begin getting calls from people here and they may decide not to take the county’s animals. “These people will not tolerate being harassed,” he said.
There was also this story in Disclosure Magazine Online:
We have an update on the stolen Bassetts from Edgar County - the Illinois Department of Agriculture is still investigating this case. We will be notified as soon as the investigation is complete.