Under the urging of Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart, the Toledo City Council Wednesday night agreed to let town residents vote whether there should be a county wide Animal Services District established. The district would be run by the Lincoln County Commission and will handle animal complaints throughout the county and cities.
Chief Enyeart said there were 384 animal complaints last year in Toledo, an amount that Toledo police officers cannot take on without impacting police service levels.
The vote to include Toledo on the issue was 6 to 1, with Mayor Grutzmacher voting no. He said he wants cost recovery for off-hours animal services when Toledo Police must respond to animal complaint calls. There are no provisions for such reimbursements under the proposed district.