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  • Citizens approach county over animal overpopulation

  • With the growing population of stray animals and local shelters having to turn countless animals away daily due to overpopulation, a group of activists are now speaking out.
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  • With the growing population of stray animals and local shelters having to turn countless animals away daily due to overpopulation, a group of activists are now speaking out.
    During a meeting with the Camden County Commission on Tuesday, Dr. John Reinhold spearheaded the discussion with other concerned citizens and groups present. Representatives from Dogwood Animal Shelter, Blue Moon Sanctuary and Arlyne Page from Osage Beach City Police were among the crowd.
    "I just feel like a few people are causing the problem and everyone is paying for it," Reinhold said.
    He went on to explain that his main issue is dumping of animals and owners not having them spayed and neutered which could solve the growing animal population problem.
    Reinhold and friends believe that the county needs to create and enforce animal control ordinances and fine those that do not adhere to the rules.
    "We are looking to go after the problem — animals that run wild while in heat," Reinhold added.
    The Dogwood Animal Shelter can hold approximately 300 animals and currently are at capacity. Donna Morris, the shelter director, said they easily turn down 10-15 calls a day. A Blue Moon Sanctuary volunteer added that they receive five to ten calls a day, as well.
    "We take them when we can but we can't when we are full," Reinhold said. "Killing them is not the answer."
    The community members and commissioners discussed possible ordinances including requiring licenses to breed animals in the county. Reinhold went on to tell the commission that one of the major issues he is facing is no support from the county prosecutor. That is what he hopes to change soon. He also wanted the commission to see that if ordinances were enforced, the money from the fines would then be put back into the county.
    All three commissioners were present and agreed that something needs to be done about this particular issue. The commission plans on hosting public meetings so they can hear what the public would like to see done regarding animal control.
    The date and times of the public hearings have yet to be set.

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