The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

March 2, 2013

Humane society now taking strays again

CLINTON — Due to requests from the public, the Clinton Humane Society is again accepting stray cats and dogs from Clinton residents.

The agency stopped accepting animals from Clinton residents after Mayor Mark Vulich vetoed the contract between it and the city.  Subsequently, the council failed to override the veto, leaving the city without an animal impoundment contractor and the humane society without funding from the city.  

Because the city does not have a contract with any agency for animal impoundment services, the animal control officer is only responsible for picking up animals that a city is responsible for by Iowa law: dogs running at large without proof of rabies vaccination, dangerous dogs and bite cases.

Operations Director Sandi Bartels said she has received a number of requests from residents for another option to care for the city’s strays.  

“We feel this is what the people want,” Bartel said. “We’re doing it for them, but most importantly, we’re doing it for the animals.”

In order to pay for the animal’s care, the agency will require a $25 fee to turn in a stray dog and $15 for a stray cat.

Bartels said the organization has seen an abundance of support from the community since its contract with the city was vetoed. So far the agency has not had to make any cuts because of the loss of city funding.  

“We will take care of the animals until we don’t have a penny left,” Bartels said.  

Earlier this week, the council decided to seek proposals for contractors to provide animal impoundment services. The contractor would be responsible for accepting animals from the animal control officer.  

Bartels said she is not sure if the humane society will submit a proposal.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 4.44.15 PM.png Paint, doodle and sketch: 3 apps for art lovers

    In the absence of a palette of watercolors and a sketchpad, these three apps can fill in as your art supplies of choice.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 19, 2014

  • Way of the Cross photo The Way of the Cross By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer The Way of the Cross

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Hood A year after 'chaos'

    It happened two hours after John Hood finished his run. Like many, he thought the loud boom was just the sound of cannons going off, something that shook the ground. It was odd, but Hood — a 1989 Clinton High School graduate — tried to make it logical, associating the noise with another good happening at the Boston Marathon.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 18, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • AGENDA: 4-22-14 Clinton City Council

    The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by a committee of the whole.

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

    April 18, 2014

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

    April 18, 2014

AP Video