Even before Ivanhoe became a city, there was a problem with dogs running loose and causing residents problems. I know from personal experience that there were two times that dogs threatened me in my yard as well as when I was walking for exercise. Many residents have complained that they can not even use the walking trail at Helipad Park because of the dogs. As we drove into Ivanhoe after dark one day last week there was a pack of dogs running together and as far as I could see, none had collars. Below is a letter that was sent by a City of Ivanhoe Council member in which he asks that I post this on the IPOIA blog for your information. I urge you to make plans to attend the workshop that is scheduled for January 3 at 7 p.m. @ the Buck Priest Community Center.
On Dec. 10th, two city council members met with Robert Bentz and received a lot of information on how to set up an animal control program. This is what Mr. Bentz does for the city of Woodville. We are in the process of actively working to purchase traps, kennels and other material to set up our own shelter. We will have a "Workshop" on Jan. 3rd to gather citizen input prior to setting up our animal control program. Our program will include working with a veterinarian to insure all dogs and cats have rabies vacinations which is the law. We will also include education for our citizens on our zoning ordinance as it pertains to "animal control". We feel that within 30 days we will have a plan in place and then we will put out FLYERS and other communication information that will allow our citizens 30 more days to comply with the ordinance before we trap animals. Joe McIntyre