(Ottumwa)— When the Ottumwa City Council meets in regular session tomorrow evening at 6:30 in the council chamber of City Hall, it will hold a public hearing on an appeal to remove certain animals at a pet shop on the City’s south side.
Greg Barinsky owner of Companion Pets at 428 South Milner is appealing an order from Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew to remove any dangerous animals within possession or control at his place of business.
According to City Administrator Joe Helfinberger Ottumwa Police Officer Jeff Williams as well as City attorney Joni Keith have received numerous complaints regards the cleanliness, the welfare and safety of animals being sold by Barinsky. The business is regulated by the State. Complaints have been referred to the state for processing. However prior to September 4th, Williams was advised by a complainant that a pit bull puppy had been purchased on or about August 20th from Companion Pets and within days of purchase the puppy died reportedly from parvo. It was advised Barinsky did not refund the purchaser the price of the dog or any veterinary expenses. Several other individuals reported seeing pit bull puppies for sale at the business.
Complaints were also received regarding the cleanliness of the business, the smell and the welfare of the animals being sold there.