Date: July 26, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Livestock Owners Encouraged to Register in Sheriff's Office Agricultural Directory

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Unit would like to take this opportunity to encourage all livestock owners/members of the agricultural community to register in the Sheriff's Office Agricultural Directory. Those already registered are reminded to provide the Sheriff's Office with their most recent updated information. Registering can help prevent costly impound fees and possible loss of the animal for the owner. 

The Sheriff's Office Agricultural Directory-which includes livestock owner's names, location/address of livestock (pasture/feeding/housing areas), emergency contact phone numbers and other relevant information- is a vital tool that Sheriff's Office Agricultural Deputies use in locating the owners of lost and wandering livestock. 

In the first six months of this year, Deputies responded to 1,680 loose livestock/animal complaints. Deputies can spend numerous hours attempting to locate the owners of loose animals who have wandered into roadways and other public areas. Deputies use the Agricultural Directory to help locate the owners and prevent the animal from being impounded. Unfortunately, many livestock owners have not provided contact information to the Sheriff's Office, and animals must be impounded and eventually auctioned when no owner can be found. 

Retrieving an animal from impound can be costly for the owner. If a livestock animal has been impounded, owners must pay the following fees to claim the animal: $50 impound fee per animal; $20 for service of notice and advertising; $5 per day for feed and care; investigative costs of $20.42 per hour per deputy working the case; and additional costs related to the impound. 

To help avoid these costly impound fees, Agricultural Deputies encourage all livestock owners to register in the directory., and keep information up-to-date (when livestock is moved from one place to another, new cell phone numbers, pagers, or change of address). 

To register or update information in the Sheriff's Office Agricultural Directory, call the Agricultural Unit at (863)534-7205.

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Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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