Calls for Investigation, Complaints Made Over Impounded Dog in East Bethel

December 13, 2017 11:44 AM

An East Bethel Dog owner is desperate to know where her dog Duke is at.

Other dog owners have asked.  Mark Anderson is on it too. 


Anderson is a "dog catcher" for several communities and works for Dover Kennels in Andover.  He became involved in Ashley Wellman's dilemma, because he knows a lot about animal control laws and he wants to help

"We believe very strongly that pets belong at their home forever," Anderson said.

The last time Wellman saw her dog was nearly a month ago, when he got loose and ran away.

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"It's been tough we've tried every way we can to get him home," she said.

An impound slip from East Bethel showed Gratitude Farms took possession of Duke, which private kennel owned by Tammy Gimpl.  Through her business, Gimpl also serves as an animal control officer with various communities.

The city of East Bethel says it will review animal control procedures and impound fees. How should the city streamline its approach to animal control? Let Mayor Steven Voss know your thoughts.

Per state law, an owner has five days to pay the impound fee of $180 or forfeit the dog.  Wellman recently told city council members during a hearing she could pay some, but not all of it.

"Because of my financial situation I can't have my dog that doesn't make sense," she said.

Gimpl said she tried to work with Wellman, came down on price and even boarded Duke one extra day.  But time ran out.

In a contract with East Bethel, Gimpl earns a monthly retainer of $250.  In the case of Duke, Gimpl charged the city another $205 in boarding costs.

Jack Davis, the city manager, said she turned him over to a shelter, but declined to disclose which one or where.

That's why Anderson set out to find answers.

"We're trying to find out where that dog is so we can negotiate with whoever has him, to get him back to the family," Anderson said. "I think that's fair."

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Board of Animal said there are no active investigations or complaints against Gratitude Farms.

East Bethel officials confirm they are reviewing their animal control policies. The city council meets again next week. 



Beth McDonough

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