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March 2, 2013

Humane society now taking strays again

CLINTON — Due to requests from the public, the Clinton Humane Society is again accepting stray cats and dogs from Clinton residents.

The agency stopped accepting animals from Clinton residents after Mayor Mark Vulich vetoed the contract between it and the city.  Subsequently, the council failed to override the veto, leaving the city without an animal impoundment contractor and the humane society without funding from the city.  

Because the city does not have a contract with any agency for animal impoundment services, the animal control officer is only responsible for picking up animals that a city is responsible for by Iowa law: dogs running at large without proof of rabies vaccination, dangerous dogs and bite cases.

Operations Director Sandi Bartels said she has received a number of requests from residents for another option to care for the city’s strays.  

“We feel this is what the people want,” Bartel said. “We’re doing it for them, but most importantly, we’re doing it for the animals.”

In order to pay for the animal’s care, the agency will require a $25 fee to turn in a stray dog and $15 for a stray cat.

Bartels said the organization has seen an abundance of support from the community since its contract with the city was vetoed. So far the agency has not had to make any cuts because of the loss of city funding.  

“We will take care of the animals until we don’t have a penny left,” Bartels said.  

Earlier this week, the council decided to seek proposals for contractors to provide animal impoundment services. The contractor would be responsible for accepting animals from the animal control officer.  

Bartels said she is not sure if the humane society will submit a proposal.

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