The 2009 animal control report has been announced by Monett Chief of Police Tim Schweder as calculated by Animal Control Officer Alicia Graves.
For the year, Graves reported impounding over 200 dogs and handling over 100 nuisances.
Exact statistics include: dogs impounded, 250; dogs adopted, 40; dogs transported to Carthage Humane Society, 174; dogs returned to owner, 36; wildlife handled, 227; and nuisances handled, 101.
Graves has many duties as the city's animal control officer. She maintains the city pound, according to ACFA requirements. She provides veterinary care to all injured or seriously ill impounded animals and administers necessary vaccinations to prevent illness. After a five-day holding period, healthy stray animals are transported to the Carthage Humane Society.
Graves' other responsibilities include: trapping and relocating wild animals; educating citizens on wildlife damage and how to resolve or inhibit wildlife from their property; providing adoption opportunities to the public through newspaper publication and the Animal Clinic of Monett; and hosting an annual rabies clinic with the Animal Clinic of Monett, which provides discounted rabies vaccinations to area pet owners.
Graves is the director of the Missouri Animal Control Association. She represented the City of Monett for the nomination of the Veterinarian of the Year award, which was granted to Dr. Carol Dahlstrom, with the Animal Clinic of Monett.
Graves' nuisance removal activities include property maintenance and dead animals, assuring for sanitation, safety and compliance with state regulations.
The City of Monett's temporary holding system for stray animals is located on Eisenhower at the old waste water treatment plant.