The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 7, 2014

Animal care must be priority

The Commercial-News

---- — The caller sounded upset. She talked about a neighbor’s dog. It had been chained to the garage outside in the rain, and it was crying. The neighbor wasn’t home, and it was getting colder.

The caller said she had called the police, who told her to call the Danville Humane Society. So she called that organization, but had to leave a message. It had been some time since she had left her information, and no one had called her back. And the poor dog still was outside in the freezing rain without shelter.

That situation must change in Danville.

Members of the Danville Humane Society have seen a tremendous amount of change in recent months. The organization serves under contract as the animal control department for the city. But problems continue to exist.

Most recently, Humane Society members learned the organization’s license to euthanize animals was out of date, and that the license of its director to euthanize animals had — at best — not been properly transferred to Illinois.

City residents need to know someone will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if there’s an animal control problem. They need to know stray animals will be cared for properly and that every effort will be made to find adoptive homes for them. And, if the need arises, they need to know that the animals will be euthanized in the most humane way possible.

Right now, none of those conditions exist for Danville residents.

Those involved in the situation continue to discuss the role the Danville Humaner Society will play in the future, if any.

In the meantime, the care and welfare of the animals, and the protection of city residents, must be a priority.