Councilman proposes animal control contract after dog shot | News
IRMO, SC (WIS) - After a dog was shot and killed by a police officer earlier this month, an Irmo Town official proposed the town sign a contract with a private company for animal control for more immediate service, but the it did not pass.
Mayor Pro-Tem Barry Walker asked the council to approve a contract with a private company that would provide animal control services with immediate response times. Irmo currently has animal control agreements with Lexington and Richland Counties, but Walker says the time it takes for those agencies to respond could be a matter of life or death for someone's beloved pet.
On Labor Day, a dog was shot and killed by an Irmo Police Officer who was called to a home on Charring Cross Road. A jogger reported being chased by the dog and called police, who found the dog in the front yard without a collar or leash. Click here to read the story.
"We had to wait for Richland County to respond," said Walker. "I would like to solve that problem."
"It's not going to bring this dog back, but it would aid our police department in the future," Walker said.
The contract would have required the private company respond within 15 minutes of being called by any town official.
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