KETR's Caitlin Barbee spoke with Caleb Slinkard, editor of the Greenville Herald Banner, who attended the Thursday hearing before Justice of the Peace Sheila Linden regarding the fate of more than 200 animals seized from the Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter, operated by the Commerce Humane Association.
Over 200 animals seized from an animal shelter in Wolfe City are now in the custody of the Texas SPCA.
In a custody hearing Thursday morning, Judge Sheila Linden awarded the custody of the animals, which were seized from Frank Barchard Animal Shelter on the morning of July 23, to the SPCA along with $61,876 in restitution for conducting an investigation, hiring expert witnesses, and for the care and housing of the animals.
Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says, while the Greenville City Council has decided to go forward with the construction of the YMCA/events center, many questions remain about the project. And Caleb says that project and a street-improvement undertaking may cause property taxes to increase considerably. Also discussed is the status of the legal proceedings against the Commerce Humane Association and the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter.
Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier says the organization is working with the "Cat Coalition" to offer free neutering of all male cats. The effort is aimed at reducing the number of unwanted kittens.
Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier says pit bulls are loving and loyal dogs, but their powerful physiques and jaws make them more dangerous than other dogs. She says they are good family pets, but cautions against pit bulls as pets for families with small children.
The report that the city of Commerce Animal Shelter will be operated as a no-kill shelter with help from a group of animal lovers is good news, says Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier, but she says there are large challenges in running a no-kill shelter.
Jody McIntier, the president of the Commerce Humane Association, says they currently have about 140 dogs in the Frank Barchard Animal Shelter in Wolfe City, but around 100 dogs per week are adopted from the shelter. She says they still receive dogs who have been badly injured in staged dog fights.