Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones will take on an additional title come Sept. 29: Dog Warden.That’s when county commissioners will have his office take over the duties of the dog warden agency in an effort to save money.
The move is expected to save $50,000 a year, County Administrator Charles Young said. This year’s budget for the dog warden was expected to be about $420,000, he said. A portion of the funding comes from the sale of dog licenses in Butler County.
An amendment to House Bill 59 passed this year gave county commissioners the authority to contract with the sheriff to serve as dog warden and enforce the laws involving dogs and animal cruelty.
It’s unclear if Dog Warden Julie Holmes and three deputy dog wardens will have jobs by September. Young said that’s up to Jones.
Young said it makes sense to bring animal control efforts under the sheriff’s office instead of having commissioners supervise the office because a large part of a dog warden’s duties are enforcing animal cruelty laws. He said he didn’t think the public would notice much change in the operation.
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