This past April we brought you a story about controversy surrounding the Greebrier County dog warden after he shot and killed a dog in Lewisburg. Now, the county has officially adopted a new policy for the Animal Control Officer to follow.
After the incident in April, a three person panel was formed to determine whether the actions of the dog warden, Robert McClung, were justified. The panel found that Mr. McClung had operated within his boundaries, but they did feel that drafting a new policy for the animal control officer to follow was a necessary next step.
“I think anybody in their job should have guidelines and rules to follow for their own protection. And I think once he starts following these guidelines and so forth, he will be much more comfortable in his job,” says Hanna.
The policy outlines priority of calls, preparing incident reports, impounding stray animals, and other tasks of the ACO.
It was officially adopted on Tuesday after being reviewed by the county commission, the ACO, the animal shelter, sheriffs department, prosecutor, and the health department.
Commissioner Hanna also tells me that the tools the dog warden will be armed with under this new policy will be different than in years past. “We’ve outfitted him with a net gun, which shoots a net to capture the animal. For his protection we also have mace or pepper spray, And we’ve also instructed him that if he gets in to a situation where he really feels threatened, he is to call for backup from the sheriff’s department which those fellows will be armed,” Hanna says.
He says the policy will benefit the ACO, giving him something to refer to in difficult situations, and the people of Greenbrier County who now know there is a set of guidelines in place for the dog warden to follow.