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Kendall County working to eliminate need to euthanize animals

Capone 4 plays snow Kendall County Animal Control. The neutered male American pit bull terrier is up for adoption.

Capone, 4, plays in the snow at Kendall County Animal Control. The neutered male American pit bull terrier is up for adoption. | Submitted

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Updated: February 10, 2014 11:44AM

YORKVILLE — Kendall County Animal Control just finished its first calendar year without any animals euthanized.

Anna Payton, Animal Control warden, said no animals were euthanized in 2013 due to space constraints, or time limits. There were some who were put to sleep for behavioral or health reasons.

A combination of tightened rules at Animal Control, harder work to adopt animals and support from the County Board contributed to the feat, Payton said.

There were several times the board gave time extensions to animals who were at the shelter for 37 or more days.

“The board did go to extremes to save animals,” said County Board member John Purcell.

Payton announced the accomplishment this week at the full County Board meeting. She said the feat is something “the county should be very proud of.”

“It’s a very good thing we can say,” said County Board member Amy Cesich, Animal Control Committee chairwoman.

Payton’s announcement comes at a time the board is considering new rules of conduct at Animal Control, one of which is eliminating the 37-day time limit an animal can stay at the shelter to further reduce the need to euthanize.

Originally, the board was to vote on those rules this week. However, Cesich said the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office is still looking over the proposal to make sure it’s OK. She said she’s hoping it’s ready to vote on at the Jan. 21 County Board meeting.

The board also is looking at experimenting for six months with additional testing for dogs and cats that come into the shelter. The experiment would test dogs for heartworm, and cats for Feline Leukemia, or Feline Immune Virus, or FIV. The shelter has not tested for those previously, but recently heard that a cat adopted in July passed away in December from leukemia.

Payton suggested testing for a six-month period, and in July 2014 reporting what the costs are. The testing could be paid for by the Animal Medical Care Fund, which comes from some of the money people pay when adopting pets.

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