|Well, it didn't take long. Seems Blount County is
really taking advantage of Mayor Doyle Arp's generosity with Loudon
County tax payers money. According to a report on WATE TV 6, (Click
Here For Video) things are working well now for Blount County. They
have hired an animal control employee, and he waits at a designated
point in Blount County where Blount residents drop off their unwanted
animals, then about closing time he arrives at our facility where we
unload and prep the animals for incarceration, then he heads back to
Blount County. According to Josh Everett, Blount County animal control
officer, he is already responding to 35-40 calls per day.
business is now so good at the Loudon County Shelter, we already need to
hire another employee. According to the ad in the Daily Edition, the
shelter is looking to hire a "temporary, part time, volunteer
coordinator". The ad notes that the position is grant dependent. So is
it volunteer or for pay? Who knows. The ad also states that the job
description and application are on the county web site which they are
not as of today. If it is a paying job I bet another family member gets
The whole idea of Loudon County taking on Blount's
animals was a mistake to begin with. A lot more animals will have to die
a lot sooner so Arp can help his old buddy in Blount County. Below is
the WATE Story.
Animal control officer goes on
the job in Blount Co.
March 6, 2007
By CATHARYN CAMPBELL 6 News Reporter
BLOUNT COUNTY (WATE) -- Blount County's new animal control officer began
accepting animals from residents on Tuesday.
Residents can go to the old Hubbard Elementary School on Tuesdays and
Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to surrender animals
to Officer Josh Everett.
On Tuesday, Everett accepted some dogs and some puppies at the school.
On Tuesday, a family dropped off 12 dogs. Four were full grown and the
rest were puppies. Everett has also picked up half a dozen cats and
several pit bulls since Friday.
He says the stray animal population is a growing problem in Blount
County. "I average anywhere from 35 to 40 calls a day, strays mostly.
Some have lost their dogs and are wondering if I've picked them up or if
somebody else has found them."
Larry Wheelon dropped off a young dog that wandered onto his property
over the weekend. "It's good that the county finally stepped forward and
got somebody to take care of these dogs and cats."
You must must show the officer proof of residency when you surrender an
Everett is only picking up dogs and cats when he answers calls.
Each call will be dealt with on a first received, first served basis
unless the officer determines it's an emergency.
Animals collected in Blount County are temporarily being housed at the
Loudon County Animal Shelter. The two counties struck an agreement after
Blount County's housing contract with the city of Maryville
expired. Click here to see the animals up for adoption through Loudon
Animal neglect and cruelty issues will not by handled by the county. The
Blount County Humane Society will handle those issues. The number is
To contact Blount County Animal Control, call (865)-228-0024.