Proposed amendments to animal regulations for the city of Eldon failed during the January board of Aldermen meeting. A room full of outraged residents along with animal shelter representatives and advocates from across the state raised concerns with the current animal facility in Eldon.
Attendees were given an opportunity to speak to the board. Most made it known that they were there to help. Others showed their distaste with how the city is allegedly treating animals. "We are more than willing to help any way that we can," Buffy Jacobson of the STAFF Animal Shelter said. Mayor Ronald Bly responded by welcoming all the help and by saying, "Every animal we have, we want to see it adopted."
Residents questioned the mayor's response by asking why the shelter was so hard to get into, why a gate was blocking the shelter, why the phone was disconnected and calls not returned. "They won't let us in," one resident yelled out of the crowd.
City officials seemed to welcome the support and said they plan to work on a system that will better the animal shelter. The mayor also mentioned a remodel currently taking place at the shelter.
Most of the crowd attended after a rumor of an alleged incident went viral. Facebook posts alleged that two Eldon Police officers were involved in an incident that left two dogs beaten and in need of euthanization. During the incident, the male dog's genitalia was removed. The dogs were transported to the Lake Pet Hospital for euthanization.
Mayor Bly addressed the situation by saying, "Someone got the impression that two of our police officers brutally beat a couple of dogs. It is totally untrue." He added that he has looked into the situation and found "no proof" of abuse.
When someone asked why the dogs had to be euthanized, he said, "How I understand it, they both were injured while mating."
Eldon has requested Missouri Highway Patrol investigate this issue. The city is currently waiting reply from Highway Patrol.
The future of the Eldon Animal shelter is still up in the air. Only time will tell if the city is serious about getting this issue under control.