County commissioners approve animal control ordinance changes

Last December, the Randolph County Board of Commissioners appointed Chester Animal Hospital veterinarian Jodi (Schroeder) Bainter to replace Daniel Schupp as the county’s animal control director.

At the commissioner’s Jan. 26 meeting, Bainter presented them with an updated animal control ordinance.

She noted that the state brought to their attention at the end of 2017 that the county’s animal control ordinance needed to be updated. As it hadn’t been updated in several years, she has spent the last month working on this project.

Bainter noted that the major change is to the cost for rabies vaccination registrations for dogs. She added that the state requires there be a deferential cost for animals spayed/neutered versus left intact.

The difference goes into the animal control’s pet population fund, which is used on unclaimed dogs running at large. These unclaimed dogs are fixed, then sent to rescues for adoption.

For more from the Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.