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CAT WRANGLERS: Police officers sometimes round up stray animals from streets

December 15, 2011

Elusive felines running loose in Columbia City could find themselves awaiting adoption at the local humane shelter. — Post & Mail photo / Phil Smith

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department and the Whitley County Humane Society Animal Shelter work in tandem to help both animals and residents of the city, according to Columbia City’s top police officer.
Columbia City Police Chief Mike Petersen said the city is required by the state to have at minimum one animal control officer.
In Columbia City, one officer is not assigned to this duty; the entire department participates.
“Any of our officers can work a case,” said Petersen
In accordance with state law, the shelter keeps a certain amount of space open specifically for animal cases responded to by police officers, police explain.
Under the general animal care ordinance, police assist in the handling of all dogs and wild animals considered “running at large.”
If necessary, the shelter has a van it provides the department for use in transporting animals.
In other cases, an officer simply uses his own vehicle.
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