A note is showing up at homes in Cheatham County, claiming peoples’ pets could be taken.
Cheatham County Animal Control tells News 2, it is a case of people wanting to help – but doing the opposite.
The note reads, “We will be box trapping all stray animals in the area. If you can’t find your pet, check with animal control. It’s not the animal’s fault, it’s the owners, just a matter of time before something bad happens.”
“Our agency will never be placing any kind of paperwork or anything in anyone’s mailbox,” said Kristin Reid, Cheatham County Animal Control Director
Reid said this isn’t the first time similar situations have happened.
“We have members of the public, who are going to peoples’ residences, they’re claiming to be a part of humane societies, or different animal control agencies. or even volunteer with our agency – but they’re not connected with us.”
Reid said in some cases, people try to take animals that they suspect are endangered. She advised that behavior does more harm than good.
“They take that dog off the property, we’ve lost that evidence for our case. So we can’t move forward to press any charges.”
Reid said residents can spot one of their Animal Control Officers by looking for their patches, badges and animal control logo on the vehicle.
She added that she hopes others will leave animal investigations — to them.
“This behavior comes from an animal advocacy stance and a passion…. we get that and we appreciate that. But the best way to channel that passion is to give your local animal control agency a call.”
Cheatham County Animal Control said they don’t “box trap” – citing, strict laws that govern when or if they can take stray animals into custody.
The County has two Animal Control Officers, you can find more details on their Facebook page.