Citizens upset over dog ordinance

Some residents in Ivanhoe are up in arms about a new dog pound.  They call the city's animal control department cruel, saying the way it treats the animals is inhumane.

The city of Ivanhoe is now enforcing an ordinance that all dogs must be on a leash and if an animal is found without a rabies tag it will be taken to the city's new dog shelter.

Dog owners like Gay Lynn Muzny are furious about the way the animal control is handling the dogs in the city.

Muzny says she's not against the dog pound but what she calls the cruelty of the location.

This facility was built in 2002 and was used as a bathhouse for campers but this year it was turned into a dog shelter but with only two small widows people worry about the ventilation and are scared pups like this won't make it in the heat.

Joe McIntyre is one of two volunteer animal control officers for the city and he says they keep the shelter up to state standards and are only trying to help the community.

McIntyre says they're not out looking for dogs, they've got a list of people asking for our help."

But Muzny says she and her neighbors aren't getting that help and she says McIntyre refuses to pick up dogs that he knows are vicious.

"We're too old and too new to put seven dogs in this facility," said McIntyre.

The recent enforcement of this ordinance has pit the city against its residents and right now there seems to be no compromise.

About 50 people showed up to a public hearing in Ivanhoe Thursday night related to that city's animal control.   

Mayor Jack Brockhouse told 12 News HD the city listened to comments from the community and will bring up the ordinance at next Thursday's city council meeting.


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