Response from Animal Control
The amount of people that turned out for last nights council meeting was one of the most memorable events of my life time.
It warmed my heart in ways that no one can imagine. The heart felt speeches that citizens of Ferris spoke to the Council brought me to tears.
At one point some gentlemen in a light blue shirt who someone said his last name was Cottongame was spewing out words that I do not do my job.
I do not know this man nor have I ever met him. Also stating all the dogs that were rescued on July 7-8th went to Dallas and were euthanized anyway.
I can reassure you no animal rescued has been euthanized, they went to varies rescues and other shelters who do not have mandatory euthanasia rules.
I have also heard this same sentiment from certain council members about me not performing the duties of my job.
Although I do adoptions I accomplish this task due to numerous volunteer hours by a lady named Leanne Hayden.
My role in this is taking pictures of the animals and at night when I get home and am off the clock I email her the photos and a description of the animals.
In the month of May and June this resulted in 28 adoptions generating $40 per adoption for the city.
In these same months 57 animals went to rescue most of these rescue’s occurring on 7/7/09-7/8/09 after the order of the immediate euthanasia of all the animals at the shelter.
In reference to the statements I do not do my job:
In the months of May and June I removed five dead animals from the streets of Ferris.
I removed 1 snake in a tree on South Mabel per citizen calling dispatch. I trapped or captured a pigeon, Lama and one possum all released except for the Lama who I trapped in a yard for Dallas County to arrive. This Lama was down on the service road of I-45 and I was dispatched to this.
I euthanized seven animals of these six were injured or sick and one was aggressive and had killed a Chihuahua attacked an officer and threatened citizens. I trapped, catch poled, or just reached down and picked up 70 animals off the streets of Ferris.
The city received $100 impound fee for owner pick up of their dog. The city received $90 in drop and pick up fees from citizens who were dropping off their animals to surrender to the shelter.
A litter of eight puppies I charged one pick up fee of $20, two adult dogs charging a total of $40 these all came from a resident off Fifth Street in Ferris.
Three other citizens dropped off their animals at the shelter the fee is $10 per animal total of $30 received, all three were residents of Ferris.
All these adopted out within a week of arriving at the shelter at the fee of $40 resulting in $520 worth of revenue generated for the City of Ferris.
Sixteen animals were left at the shelter over night, two sets of mama cats and kittens in boxes, two puppies running loose out in front of the gate when I arrived, one dog actually tied to the gate when I arrived to work in the morning.
Ten citations were written to citizens of Ferris for various offenses during these two months the fine for most offenses is in the area of $250 per offense. On top of this I was also putting up flyers promoting the $12.99 spay/neuter clinic sponsored by kittico on July 2. In which 50 cats arrived on this day to receive the service.
I would like to ask the city council and Mr. Cottongame or anyone else to please point out to me how I have not been doing my job.
Ferris Animal Control Officer