“It was a good turnout,” Langford said. “We wanted to inform the residents about what the sheriff’s office had accomplished in the first year of our term and so far in 2014.”
Nearly 40 residents were on hand for the meeting and Langford said that the two recent home invasions were of concern to those gathered. “We were glad to report that the incidents were unrelated and both have been solved with arrests made in both cases,” Langford said.
Langford said two more town hall meetings are planned and that dates and locations will be released once finalized.
Animal Control Supervisor Diane Franklin fielded some questions on animal control and provided some statistics.
“In 2012, they handled 2,597 animals,” Franklin said. “In the seven months from May to December of 2013, we handled 2,533 animals. Our office responded to around 2,300 calls in those seven months. The numbers are showing that we are responding to calls, and that’s our goal,” Franklin said. “We want to respond to the public.
“One difference is that we are picking up owner give-ups which before the center did not.
“We were able to get into the schools and do pet responsibility programs in the elementary schools and hopefully that will continue on an annual basis. We also participated in career days at the elementary schools.
“We are trying to get the positive out there,” Franklin said. “Our local adoptions are up, rescue numbers are up.
“In that seven months time period, the euthanasia rate increased ten percent---as a result of the increase in the number of animals handled by our department, but we continue to try to find ways to decrease those numbers through rescue agencies and adoptions.”
Franklin said officials are now in the developmental stage of a ordinance that will make spaying and neutering animals mandatory in the county in an effort to cut back on the number of animals picked up as strays in the county or taken to the animal control center as owner give-aways.