November 18, 1999 - DNJ reported Commission considers abolishing last drop box By Jim Mahanes, Staff writer. The motion that came out of the Public Safety Committee to open them after renovations during the hours the shelter is closed, until a new shelter is built in Smyrna failed 18-3. Voting YES to re-open them were Grant Kelley, Robert Peay and Trey Gooch. Then a motion to tear down the drop bins passed 19-2. The only no votes were Robert Peay and Trey Gooch.
An editorial appears in today's DNJ, Board right to recommend drop box destruction I agree.
Today's Tennessean reports that County likely to abolish pet drop bins By TRINE TSOUDEROS, Staff Writer.
Today's DNJ reports that Last drop box dumped: Rabies Control Board will raze Smyrna facility for unwanted pets By Jim Mahanes, Staff writer. Now it is up the the County Commission to follow their proposal. Next 'hurdle' is the county's Public Safety Committee on October 25th at the Courthouse in room 205. Here is info on who is on what committee and when they meet. County Commission Committees and Meeting Schedules
Today's 'drop-box' rally was a tremendous success!
Smyrna boxes closed for renovation.
Are they closed because of the rally this coming Saturday? How long will it stay closed? And the boxes at Haley Drive in Murfreesboro have been destroyed.
Volunteers For Animals in Tennessee is holding a rally on August 28 at 1:00pm at the drop boxes on Weakly Lane in Smyrna. For a map of the location and driving directions, Choose this link on Yahoo! Maps. To RSVP, go to IMOM's Bin-Petition and sign it and RSVP to the group. OK?
Today the DNJ reported: Family dog positive for rabies: First case in pet in decade. A few friends and myself put our collective brains together and have come up with a plan to solve the Animal Drop Box Problem in OUR county.
Please note, we sacrificed some 'quality' to compress images to allow the downloading of the page to be 'quicker'.Rutherford County Rabies Control office on Haley Drive.
We discovered the boxes to be extremely clean. But keep in mind disease such as Parvo are highly contagious and we do not know how often the chutes or rooms are disinfected. Each box had a large water bowl. The sign on the building says (and I have verified this with Rabies Control) the boxes are checked and cleaned before 10:00am and 8:00pm seven days a week. So the worst-case scenario is that a pet left at 8:30pm would have to stay overnight until 10:00am the next morning.
I called David Boone of Rabies Control. I found out that in the history of these drop boxes just once has someone dropped a cat in the big dog chute and only once has someone put a small dog in the big dog box. My theory on hearing that was that the person prone to dropping cats in the dog chute are probably too lazy to drive to the boxes and just dumps their cats in someone else's neighborhood.
My opinion of the drop-box 'issue'. I do not think you can blame Mr. Boone or his staff one iota for the drop boxes. They had to have some plan to service the northern, faster growing, end of the county. With DELL moving in just over the county line, Lavergne will see tremendous growth in the next few years. This map may give you a better idea of the area Rabies Control has to cover. Haley Dr. is in Murfreesboro, the county seat, off of Samsonite Boulevard. Weakley Lane is in Smyrna near the airport. In my opinion, much like the local school situation, our 'conservative' county commissioners are to blame.
The Drop Boxes and the Beesley Humane Society have been in the news, both locally in the Tennessean, Internet used to stir outrage over animal drop-off bin, and the DNJ, County eyes new shelter contract with Beesley. Dateline NBC and a European TV station have also done stories on the issue. Please review our LINKS page for several links to sites dedicated to this issue.