Town Supervisor Responds to Lisle Animal Control Controvery
8/2/2012 (Updated 10:56:39 PM)Town officials in Lisle are coming to the defense of their Dog Control Officer following accusations that she has been slow to communicate with residents and too quick in putting animals to sleep.
Some say Tammy Schwartz has been unresponsive to their efforts to get their dogs back.
Town policy is to put the dogs down after five business days.
However Town Supervisor Edward Gehm says he has reviewed records and everything has been done within legal guidelines.
He says he has full confidence in Schwartz.
Karisa Eaton differs, pointing to her own experience.
"And I had gone to Tammy's house, and I asked if she could identify my chocolate lab, and she asked what he was wearing, and I told her he had two collars on, one was a camouflage collar with a rabies tag, and a second one was a red electric fence collar and she said I'm sorry, It's been more than five days and I had to put him down, and I said that was ridiculous, I had called several times, we called more times as a family, and we had no return calls back, and she said, I'm sorry."
Supervisor Gehm says it's always sad when a dog has to be put down, but he believes that all dogs in Schwarz's kennel are well cared for.
He estimates Schwartz has been on the job for 12-13 years, and that all state inspections involving her have come out fine.
New York State says it inspects municipal dog shelters at least once every year.
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