Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker.

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Work has begun to research new opportunities for dealing with stray dogs in Fremont County, Sheriff Skip Hornecker said in an interview.

In late October a near perfect storm of impounding issues hit Fremont County. In Lander, Wind River Veterinary Clinic announced it would stop taking dogs from Lander Police and Sheriff’s Deputies for a number of reasons. Additionally, in Riverton, the funding the county provided to the PAWS for Life Animal Shelter has run out for the year, and the shelter is no longer taking the county’s impounds.

Hornecker said Sharma Sonntag, who works for the Sheriff’s Office, is putting together a committee or task force made up of people across the county to research options to remedy the problem. The make-up of the committee has not yet been finalized.

Hornecker said Sonntag has been researching what other Wyoming counties do with stray dogs.

With her knowledge, and hopefully that of others involved, Hornecker said the committee will look into costs to provide dog catching/impound services, various alternatives, and potential funding options.

“There’s a lot of options that are coming to light,” he said.

He also said he hopes the Lander Pet Connection and PAWS will either have representatives on the committee or act in an advisory sort of position. Hornecker said he wants to nurture the resources the two groups have.

The committee, once formalized, will eventually bring recommendations to Hornecker, who will then take ideas to the Fremont County Commission.