Baker Animal Control serves the community

The City of Baker ordinances regulating the ownership of animals, and incidents in which animals are involved continues under the enforcement of Baker Animal Control.

 

Posted August 30, 2013

By Lori Kesinger

The City of Baker ordinances regulating the ownership of animals, and incidents in which animals are involved continues under the enforcement of Baker Animal Control.

Officer Luke Hauke started the contract position with the city in July 2012. He is assigned with the responsibility of responding to calls for service ranging from stray animals to investigations of cruelty to animals. His animal control officer duties are performed on and off duty with his law enforcement position.

Dogs left to run at large are a hazard to the community with the potential to harm unwary citizens through acts of aggression, threatening behavior, and damage to property. Stray and feral cats can produce a number of problems including rapid over-population, and transmission of diseases and parasites. Baker Animal Control addresses the problems of public safety and animals, and reinforces responsible ownership.

Animals seized are taken to the City of Baker Animal Shelter. City ordinance states an owner has 96 hours to redeem an animal impounded at the shelter, and no attempt has to be made by animal control or the police department to contact the owner. Officer Hauke stated, “I do attempt to find the owner of an animal by announcing on the local radio station an animal has been impounded, and/or posting on the Baker Animal Control Facebook page. Though postings on Facebook are not immediate.” If no one claims the animal after 96 hours, ordinance states the animal can be re-homed or other actions may be taken. Owners claiming an impounded animal, cat or dog, must pay an $18 impound fee with a $6 storage fee per day or part thereof per city ordinance. Upon redemption, the owner needs to show proof of rabies vaccination, and proof of registration for a dog.

Individuals can contact Baker Animal Control at 406-778-2151, or can view the Baker Animal Control Facebook page for impounded animals, updates, information, and any animals available for adoption.

      



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