Dog pound in Drew opens again with new approach
by Rory Doyle
Feb 11, 2013 | 962 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After more than a year of turmoil related to the Drew dog pound, the board of aldermen voted to reopen the facility in January.

At Tuesday's February board meeting, Alderman John Smith expressed his concern about the direction of the premises.

"Do we officially have a department head for the dog pound?" asked Smith.

While discussion of the pound was not scheduled on the meeting's agenda, a couple board members quickly voiced their concerns.

The pound was voted closed in 2011 after accusations of animal cruelty, but the board supported its reopening this year in hopes of turning things around.

Without the pound, Drew's population of strays continued to plague the streets.

Mayor Jeffery Kilpatrick confirmed in January that "on-again-off-again" dogcatcher Floyd Fedrick would remain in charge after the reopening vote, but there were still details of his responsibilities that remained unclear.

Fedrick has also worked full time as a city employee in street maintenance for the past 13 years.

"We need to provide you (Fedrick) with the stuff you need," said Harvey Burchfield, alderman and vice mayor. "That's true anytime people are working for the city.

"And you've got to do paperwork and have documentation of what you're doing — what streets you picked up the dogs on, the number of dogs you picked up. The solution is to get him some guidelines so we can all work together on this."

One thing the board agrees on is that it needs to implement and document an official job description for Fedrick's position.

"We're working on the description and I hope to have it completed early next week after I show it to the city attorney." said Kilpatrick on Friday. "I think this is going to allow him to do a better job."

Kilpatrick also said on Friday that Fedrick is now equipped with a detailed log to track his work and provide updates on his needs.

"Things have been going better since the pound reopened," said Kilpatrick. "We have more in place for Floyd to monitor things the way he's supposed to.

"He has the tools to maintain things and they allow him to do his job."

According to Kilpatrick, city money was budgeted to provide more resources this time around.

Fedrick presented the board with a list of essentials at Tuesday's meeting, claiming there were a number of items he needed to carry out his duties.

The list included four cages, a net, two reach poles, a can of pepper spray and a pair of gloves.

Fedrick said any donations from outside organizations or individuals would be of great assistance.

Kilpatrick confirmed the city would provide the needed items once a thorough search on prices was completed.

"Instead of people criticizing Floyd they need to allow him to do his job," added Kilpatrick. "With the proper tools I think this will be much better and much easier for him."