Cookeville animal control
Death. Death. Death.
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 animal.
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.