July 23, 2013

Since April 1980 the City of Carroll has paid $325 a month for the Carroll Veterinary Clinic, 1626 Le Clark Road, to serve as the official animal pound.

That changed Monday night.

Carroll City Council members approved a three-stage increase in the animal-pound payment. As of Aug. 1, a 50 percent hike will go info effect, setting the monthly charge at $487.50.

That will increase (25 percent of the $325) to $568.75 on Aug. 1, 2014, and to $650 on Aug. 1, 2015.

The clinic has asked for 3 percent to 4 percent increases in subsequent years with annual council consideration.

Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler said the clinic is constructed with the department in mind as it has exterior kennels for drop-offs during off-hours. Police deal with more than 100 animals that need to go to the pound annually, Cayler said.

The contract with Carroll Veterinary Clinic includes treatment of animals as well as euthanasia and cremation services. The clinic quarantines dogs and cats in the event of biting investigations and handles paper work.

Cayler said at least one clinic kennel is reserved at all times for the police.

Clinic professionals also examine dogs, cats and other pets after official reports of mistreatment.

Cayler noted the department does recoup some of the costs associated with impounding animals.

The Carroll City Council last summer approved an increase in animal-impound fees to $25, with costs for each additional day of "boarding" set at $15.

Cayler said the measure was necessary to bring the city rates more in line with what private handlers charge for managing dogs and cats. He said such private fees were under $15 per day. The City of Carroll, after a 2011 recodification of ordinances, charged $10 for the first day of handling an animal and $5 for any day after that.

The city deals with several stray dogs or cats in a given week. The department will rent to Carroll residents a trap to catch cats for a $50 deposit, Cayler said.