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New standard for  euthanizing animals  at Kendall facility

Updated: February 17, 2013 6:31AM

YORKVILLE — The Kendall County Animal Control facility will experiment with eliminating its time period for keeping animals at the shelter.

County Board member Amy Cesich, Animal Control Committee chairman, told the full board Tuesday removing the time limit as the basis for euthanizing an animal would allow Animal Warden Anna Payton to manage the population based on the animals’ temperament and health, and space available at the shelter.

“I think this really goes back to feeling comfortable with Anna and her role at the shelter,” Cesich said.

Payton told board members having no time limit has become the animal welfare industry standard. Cesich said the Animal Control Committee agreed to try it for six to nine months or so and see how it goes.

Payton also said she is working on getting paperwork together so Kendall County can have its own animal control ordinances. They would be based on the state animal control ordinance the county now follows.

By having its own ordinances, animal control officials could issue their own citations to people who do not get their animal tags, for instance.

The Sheriff’s Department and state’s attorney’s office support this, because it saves both of them time, she said.

Payton said she checked with seven surrounding counties, and all except LaSalle have their own animal control ordinances.

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