Mayor Pro Tem - It was a shock factor to get animal controls attention
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS – A mandatory euthanasia policy placed in effect immediately by the city has resulted in a overwhelming outcry by residents, producing a mixed frenzy.
The memo handed to Misty Clark, animal control officer, said she is to hold the animals for the minimum of three days required by law and then immediately euthanize them.
Mayor Pro Tem and temporary City Manager Bill Pardue, said he placed that mention in the memo given to Clark as a "shock factor."
"Misty is an animal lover. She does a really good job at what she does, which is rescuing and adopting animals out, but she really needs to focus on patrolling too," Pardue said.
"Our facility wasn’t made to be a rescue shelter."
Clark hasn’t been told of any changes to the mandatory killings.
"I have been hearing different things all over but, I have only received the one letter and right now as it stands, I have only three days till I have to put them [the animals] down,"said Clark.
Tim Rawlings,city building official, had a visit with Pardue and Clark separately.
"Tim came and spoke with me this morning and wanted me to come up with the number of days [to keep them],"said Clark.
Pardue explained there was a mention in the letter sent out with changes which can be made to the new policy within 15 days of notice.
"The council wanted harsh action and at one point or another, wanted to get rid of the animal control all together, they had the votes to do it too.
"The city is no dog killer, but no rescue center either," said Pardue.
Pardue feels the need to take a grasp on the city and represent the more professional side of business.
"That’s the reason I ran for office in the first place, I saw what sort of leadership needed to be present in this town."
Pardue, along with Red Oak Councilman Ben Goodwyn, City Manager Tim Kelty and Director of Public Works Charles Brewer had a meeting to discuss the possibly of teaming up with Red Oak for a shelter to be strictly focused on adoption.
"We would work out something with them [City of Red Oak] to where they could either come pick the animals up from us and we pay per animal or work out an annual fee or something.
"This is a long term solution that everyone can benefit from."