MACOMB — Humane Society of McDonough County president Bonnie Skripps told a county board committee Thursday, "There has been an amazing community response offering help with the animals rescued from Macomb Petland."
Planning committee chairman George Dixon noted that the county animal shelter had no jurisdiction in the Petland case but was called in to assist on a state warrant after 41 dead and 56 abandoned animals were found in the East Jackson Street store.
"Incidents like this that require animal care cost the county a lot of money," he added.
Animal Control Officer Kelsey Havens reported that 20 dogs were adopted at the animal shelter in May, 11 were reclaimed, and one puppy died after surgery. She said 20 dogs remained in the shelter at the end of the month and five puppies remained available for adoption.
Havens said seven cats were adopted in May and three were given to animal rescuers, leaving 46 in the shelter at the end of the month.
The committee acted on a dog adoption case that had been appealed to the McDonough County Board. It voted to deny the adoption request based on the behavior of the applicant and his initial failure to provide adequate adoption information.
Skripps said 139 people attended the recent humane society fundraiser held at the Macomb American Legion. She said this was record attendance for the fundraiser and that it may also yield a record donation amount once all contributions are tallied.
In other business, committee member Alice Henry reported that recent testing of well water samples showed that 40 to 50 percent of the water quality was unsatisfactory. She said the McDonough County Health Department has maintained a good history log of wells in the county.
Committee member William "Digger" Oster reported that the Graphic Information Systems Center at Western Illinois University is considering an aerial photography update of base maps of the county. He said the GIS Center is currently working with the U.S. Census Bureau on verification and updating of local addresses.
Dixon said he would review notes submitted on possible revision of county personal policies and bring back a report for committee discussion in July. County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes said policies have not been updated since 2006 and that changes in sick leave policy and the addition of ethics and sexual harassment policies need to be addressed.
The committee held a 10-minute closed session to discuss the possible purchase or lease of property.

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