Starke County Animal Control Officer Responds to Animal Cruelty Call

Tom Bazant

Ever feel like putting duct tape over a barking dog’s mouth or worse? In this monthly report, new Starke County Animal Control Officer, Tom Bazant, told of responding to a call that an individual duct taped his dog’s mouth shut.

After some discussion, the Starke County Commissioners decided that was not a call the Officer should be responding to. They decided this was inhumane treatment of the animal and should have been responded to by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

Sometimes barking dogs can be annoying to residents or their neighbors, but taping a dog’s mouth shut is not the answer.