Animal Control Changes Proposed

TALENT, Ore. – Jackson County Health officials are proposing some changes to Animal Control that could make some adoptions cheaper, and others that would generate more revenue. In a meeting with commissioners on Tuesday, Health and Human Services Manager Jackson Baures suggested four proposals.

One proposal would require veterinarians to report those who get rabies shots for their dogs to Animal Control for licensing purposes. Baures says that would increase licensing compliance, and would increase revenue to the county for licenses.

Commissioner John Rachor says he’s concerned some rural owners may resist immunization if it means they will have to buy a license. Commissioner C.W. Smith says the proposed changes may not all be popular but they are needed.

Other changes would allow advisory board positions to be filled “at-large”, while another would allow an extension of a hearing deadline if a hearings officer is not available.