Kitty to Use

Hard economic times are not only impacting area residents but are filtering down to their pets as well. The Clinton Humane Society has seen an increase in all types of animals brought into the shelter.

Elise Loyola
The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

CLINTON — Impounding animals will incur several minor changes now that the Clinton City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Clinton Humane Society.

Both sides agreed to the reworked contract that will continue to place impounded animals at the Humane Society’s shelter. Clinton Humane Society Administrator Jean Regenwether said both sides have worked on the agreement since the beginning of the year, and nothing major will change in the relationship between the city and the society.

The shelter will reduce the amount of days it will hold impounded animals. Dogs will be kept four days, decreased one day from the previous agreement, while cats will be held at most three days. If a longer period of time is needed to keep the animals, the city will absorb the fee.

Also, the city will pay the humane society $9 per day for each cat and dog brought to the facility by the city. For bite cases, the city will pay $11 per day, and dangerous animals require a $13 fee. Animals brought to the society will be kept at the expense of the city.

The city will provide the society an annual subsidy of $30,000 to be paid in monthly installments. Regenwether also mentioned the society will keep no more than two bite or dangerous animal cases at one time.

Ultimately, Regenwether said the society’s main goal is to pursue the owners of the impounded animals.

“The shelter is seeing a larger increase in animals brought in by the public,” Regenwether said.

Reworking the agreement was needed, Regenwether said, to update the wording of the contract.

“We have different rules and regulations for the city of Clinton,” Regenwether said.

“We enforce all city ordinances for all the animals in the facility, and there’s more paperwork with the city of Clinton.”

The council also approved the lease agreement for the Riverboat Days celebration. The lease provides access to parts of the park between Ninth Avenue North and Second Avenue South and part of Riverview Drive.

Ward 2 Councilman Mike Kearney proposed an amendment to allow access to First Street and keep the parking lot at the public pool open. The amendment failed to receive a second. Riverboat Days committee member Mike Fullerton said the properties are leased for safety, and closing First Street would eliminate “bottlenecked traffic.”

At-large councilman Ron Mallicoat said the agreement proposes nothing new in regard to boundaries, and it has worked in the past.

Kearney and Ward 1 councilman Bob Soesbe rejected the lease agreement.

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