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HUMANE SOCIETY: Council approves possible shelter budget

December 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Council members approved a relationship between the Whitley County Humane Society and the Whitley County Commissioners to design a contract that will work for both parties.

Lindsay Pease, the humane shelter’s director, attended Tuesday’s council meeting where she requested an approval of $25,000 for next year’s budget.

The funds would be used by the shelter for several different tasks, such as off-setting the need for donations when strays are brought in and alleviating the costs of vaccinations for animals.

“We want to do our mission,” Pease said. “But we also need help because it takes time and resources to accomplish all of this.”

The motion called for a billing procedure where individual items can be brought to the commissioners. The resolution passed 4 to 2, with council members John Barrett, Glen LaRue, Bill Overdeer and Paula Reimers casting aye votes and Jim Bayman and Kim Wheeler opposing. Tom Western was absent from the meeting.

Discussion for this measure centered around whether or not the county should support such an entity. Sheriff Mark Hodges said the shelter and its workers have done much to aid in his department’s dealing with animals.

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