Sheriff Skip Hornecker

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker informed the County Commission that work is still under way to get the stray animal issue under control. A memorandum of understanding is is in the works with PAWS in Riverton, he said.

A first draft is not yet complete, he said, but it will likely include provisions to let the Sheriff’s Office house strays there for 7 days for a cost similar to what the county paid the in past. Hornecker said after the 7 days, if the dog was unclaimed by its owner, PAWS would likely only euthanize if the dog was un-adoptable.

As of yesterday, no group or company in the Lander area had come forward to help with impounding dogs on that end of the county. Hornecker said one group expressed interest if the county helped pay to construct new kennels. The Sheriff and the Animal Control Committee did not feel it was a viable option. At minimum dogs picked up in Lander and the surrounding area would likely be taken to PAWS in Riverton. Hornecker said dogs picked up in Dubois would not likely be brought over.

Once the MOU with PAWS is complete, Hornecker hopes to use it as an option to pitch to different groups in Lander.