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Cookeville animal control

Death. Death. Death.

City's dead animal rate grows 23 times faster than increase in calls, records show.

By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
and ALLEN FREDRICKSON
2003 The Putnam Pit

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2003) -- More and more frequently, a call to the city's animal control officer results in a dead animal rather than a saved one, records show.

In 1999, Cookeville's animal control officer received 1,601 calls, of which 18.6 percent -- or 298 -- resulted in the collection of a dead Cookeville animal deathsanimal.

By 2002, the number of calls increased just 2 percent, to 1640, but the number of animals returned dead increased 56 percent, to 465.

The figures were obtained from the City of Cookeville through a Tennessee Public Records Act request.

The city has not fully responded to the request, which included access to complaints and correspondence regarding the performance of the city's animal control officer, as well as information about how many of what kind of animal has been shot to death.

 New: Petition to Sen. Frist asking Cookeville
I-40 on- and off-ramps be closed