Riding Along With Animal Control
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) As we told you before, the Twin Falls Police Department assumed responsibility of animal control enforcement within the city limits. The department has two officers assigned to animal control, Ed Gudgell and Steve Nutting.
Officers Ed Gudgell and Steve Nutting are being put to the test. We spotted this dog roaming the street while patrolling the area.
Nutting says, "we take calls all throughout the day. We have reports of dogs running at large, we have a lot of reports of the dogs that were running at large and the people are detaining them so they don't get run over."
When it comes to animal control enforcement, it's about safety of the dog and the community.
Debbie Blackwood, Executive Director, Twin Falls Animal Shelter says, "your animal can't be loose. It's in-peril if it's loose and so are your neighbors and drivers and things like that."
Animal control takes time and effort. Just last Friday, officers responded to 20 calls. Blackwood believes this change will be beneficial.
"I think it's perhaps a good idea to give this another look back from the day when we did animal control and couldn't cover everything and the shelter. I'm kind of excited to see how it will work out and I feel very good about the decisions that have been made."
Traditionally 70% of the calls came from within the city limits.
"If they were on a county call, their response time would take longer than what we can do now," adds Nutting.
Nutting says one of the county deputies who did animal control enforcement is going to the POST Academy while the other officer remains on the county's animal control.
"I've told everyone this, but I felt that the county and city were doing an excellent job," says Blackwood.
Keeping Fido at home is one less dog on the road or at the shelter.