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January 5, 2013

Humane Society agreement to be addressed by 2 councils

Clinton to decide whether to fulfill request to nearly double subsidy

By Katie Dahlstrom

Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON — Members of the Clinton City Council will vote on whether to nearly double the annual subsidy it provides to the Clinton Humane Society or stop funding the organization when they convene as the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday.  

The Humane Society currently receives $65,000 from the city and it’s seeking a bump to a $120,000 subsidy. Humane Society officials claim the rising number of surrendered animals, decline in donations and funds from a large estate that were left for the society being all but exhausted have compelled them to ask for more funding to support the roughly $194,000 it takes to run the shelter.

Cities in comparably sized cities pay a wide range of amounts to care for their animals.  

Ottumwa contracts with a local veterinarian on a per animal basis that costs $18,000 a year while Mason City contracts with the Humane Society of Northern Iowa on the same pay basis for $119,700 a year.  

If City Council members were to vote against providing the $120,000 subsidy, it has the option to contract with someone to provide the services.

City Attorney Jeff Farwell has provided council members with a request for proposal for providing impoundment for the city.  A decision on the agreement must be made by Feb. 1, when the current contract expires.

Camanche to discuss request Tuesday

By Natalie Conrad

Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — The Camanche City Council is slated to approve a new pet boarding agreement with the Clinton Humane Society, prompting a raise in fees due to the financial hardships the society currently is facing.

If the agreement is accepted, the Humane Society will accept and care for dogs and cats impounded by official representatives of the city of Camanche for $4 more than the previous agreement.

Current fees for a dog or cat per day are $11, the new agreement would bring the cost up to $15 per animal per day. This fee will continue for a period of four days for a dog and three days for a cat after impoundment to allow the owner the opportunity to reclaim it. There will also be the regular $20 per day fee for bite cases and a $25 per day fee for dangerous animals brought in by the city of Camanche.

Payment for any unclaimed impounded animal’s boarding will be billed to the city upon termination of the three- or four-day holding period.

Boarding fees have increased because of increased operating costs, according to the agreement.

The city of Camanche budgets $750 for animal control each year and spent less than $500 last year, according to City Administrator Tom Roth. The City Council will vote on the agreement at Tuesday’s meeting.

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