Fiscal court fires animal control officer

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By John Whitlock

After a series of complaints, the Owen County Fiscal Court has decided to fire Owen County Animal-Control Officer Deanna Wolfe.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she had received several complaints that calls to Wolfe about stray animals had gone unanswered. Keith also said she had issues with Wolfe’s availability to pick up animals in a timely manner.
During the Jan. 28 fiscal court meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved terminating Wolfe as the animal-control officer.
At a special called meeting of the fiscal court on Jan. 30, the fiscal court approved the hiring of Charlotte Curnutt as a temporary animal-control officer.
Keith said Curnutt is a strong replacement for Wolfe and has a background of caring for animals.
Curnutt will be paid $500 every two weeks as temporary animal-control officer.
To report a stray animal that needs to be picked up, contact Curnutt at 484-2542; by text, 502-514-5134; or call the judge-executive’s office at 484-3405.
In other action at the regular fiscal court meeting, the magistrates approved a resolution to close a small section of Old Sparta Road.
The effected part of the roadway extends .778ths of a mile from Hwy. 35 in a northerly direction.
Objections to the closure can be made the fiscal court at its next regular meeting on Feb. 25 before the final vote on resolution.