Members of the Porter County Shelter Advisory board sent a letter to the
Porter County Commissioners last week expressing their opinion that animal
control officers could have handled rounding up the 82 dogs from a rural
home in Westchester Twp. more efficiently.
Board chair Toni Bianchi confirmed the letter was sent regarding the board’s
concerns over how the shelter workers would be able to receive the large
number of dogs and asked why the shelter board was not consulted prior to
the raid. Instead of bringing the animals in all at once, the board felt it
would be more manageable taking in just a few at a time.
“It is our opinion that there was a better way to do this. We just thought
it could be handled better,” Bianchi told the Chesterton Tribune this
The dogs seized over Wednesday and Thursday by animal control officers were
housed in a building near the shelter on the old county home grounds as a
temporary home where they could be evaluated by a veterinarian and an animal
behaviorist, Porter County Commissioner President John Evans told the
Tribune last week.
Evans said the animals had to be removed from the residence and noted his
satisfaction with how the shelter and animal control handled the situation.
He said he will consider the board’s concerns and will adjust procedures
appropriately for incidents like this in the future.
“There’s always ways where things could be done better and we know what to
do better next time,” Evans said this morning.
The commissioners brought back a shelter advisory board in recent months,
while moving enforcement responsibility to the county sheriff’s department.
Animal control officers began an investigation of the residence in the 100
block of C.R. 1400N in November after the county health department received
concerns from neighboring residents that animal waste was contaminating
their ground water. A search warrant at the residence was executed by PCSP
last Wednesday resulting in the seizure of a least 82 dogs.
Evans said some of the older and vicious dogs have been put down and it may
be a while before the other dogs are released by the county.