Animal control numbers released by MPD

By Chris Swick
December 23, 2015

It's been an active year for Animal Services in the City of McPherson.

That's the assessment of McPherson Police Chief Rob McClarty, who said they had over 1,000 calls for service between Jan. 1 and Dec. 15 of this year.

“That involves everything from animals running at large to an animal in a house,” McClarty said, “a vicious animal, a sick and cared-for animal or concern for the welfare of an animal.”

Total impounds were 197, with the Animal Control Officer picking up 69 of those number and the patrol officers another 92. A total of 26 animals were surrendered to impound, with another 10 coming in from outside agenicies.

“That does not involve all the animals that they've returned to their owners if they've picked one up in the street and it had tags and information on it and they knew where it belonged,” McClarty said. “I will say that our Animal Control Officer and our Animal Services Division, I think they know where pretty much every dog in town lives. They're pretty good about taking dogs back to the owners.”

McClarty also says the animal shelter euthanized 20 animals over the last 12 months.

The Animal Control Officer issued 45 citations, while patrol officers issued 12. Citations ranged from animals running at large, to tag/rabies shot violations and cruelty to animals.