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15 apply to be Kendall animal control warden

Updated: November 3, 2011 10:50AM

YORKVILLE — There are 15 applicants to become the new Kendall County animal control warden.

County Board Chairman John Purcell said this week the board still is accepting applications for the spot, which has been open since earlier in the month, when Christine Johnson resigned after it was found she approved euthanizing the wrong dog in a bite case.

Purcell said the Animal Control Committee would start the process of narrowing down the list of applicants soon. He also said he would join the committee for the hiring process.

Purcell said the full County Board will make the final decision.

“We’ll get to a short list, and we’ll bring those people to the full County Board,” he said.

Meanwhile, the county’s Animal Control has proceeded with business a usual, with County Administrator Jeff Wilkins running the department, aided by four part-time employees there.

This week, Animal Control Committee Chairman Anne Vickery responded to questions people have submitted about operations.

In particular, Vickery said the committee did not vote to euthanize three more dogs, as some have been saying. The committee does not vote on those things, Vickery said.

“We have a policy that if there are animals there over 37 days that are not adopted, they will be euthanized,” she said. “Unfortunately, we have to follow that or we are overrun with animals.”

But she said she was unaware any animals were euthanized this week. She said shelter and rescue operations have been reaching out to Animal Control to take dogs who are close to the 37-day limit.

Vickery pointed out that in 2010, the Animal Control operation euthanized 26 dogs out of 240 taken into the facility. She said of those 26, nine were trained for fighting, making them unadoptable, and the other 15 were injured or sick.

“The times we euthanize healthy animals are very, very rare,” she said.

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