Bismarck Animal Control anticipating another slow winter season

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck Police Department is in charge of the Bismarck-Mandan animal impound facility, which is south of the landfill.

The impound took in 922 animals last year, and they only euthanized 47 of them.

The animals euthanized them because of health issues or the court ordered them to do so.

With the colder weather coming, you would assume there are more pets taken in. But that's not the case.

The wardens for Bismarck Police Department Animal Control stay busy rescuing animals, but not as much during the winter months.

"We kind of become couch potatoes, and stay inside, so they're dogs and stuff don't go out," said Ed Woodcock, Animal Control warden.

These pets were rescued by the Bismarck Police Department Animal control fleet.

State law says the impound has to hold these animals for five days, and if their owners don't come to rescue them, they're the cities property. Then Animal Control can put the animals up for adoption or euthanize the non-healthy ones.

"It gives them a chance to be adopted before they do it, and the fact they're not in the streets where it's cold, freezing, starving," said Bismarck Resident George Cain.

The warden's get called out to a variety of incidents, not just with animals.

"Could be most anything from a dog in custody or a cat in custody, to a warfare check, to a dog in a car, to a traffic accident, helping with traffic control," said Woodcock.

According to the annual Animal Control report, in the past nine years there have been more dogs reclaimed than cats.

The impound doesn't have the funding to vaccinate the animals, so the pets the wardens do rescue are free to adopt.

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