Council Takes First Step In Creating Animal Advisory Board 

The council discussed creating an Animal Advisory Board. Councilwoman Teresa Sumstine initiated the process researching animals in cities and discussing animal concerns with several Minden citizens. Sumstine told her fellow council members creating an Animal Advisory Board would ensure humane treatment of animals, relieve the workload of the police department associated with animal calls, and address the feral cat problem in Minden. 

Police Chief Bradley Butler told the council he believes it would be beneficial to the city. Although initial animal calls will still be handled by the police department, having an Animal Advisory Board would provide a calling tree that would help locate animal owners more quickly and has the potential to reduce the long term housing of dogs that are taken into custody. 

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