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Commission schedules work session to meet with humane society board

Published 3:49pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013

“The commission just feels that the board has no grounds to do this,” Caton said. “There seems to be an ongoing feud between the humane society and the commission because the commission is not meeting the funding needs of the humane society.”

The commission did approve a resolution to go before the legislative session for a county animal control bill.

Commissioners originally voted on Jan. 28 to increase funds for the Chilton County Humane Society by contacting the local legislative delegation and asking them to pass a local bill increasing the county’s data processing fee from $5 to $5.25 to meet obligations in funding for animal care.

The additional money was estimated to generate roughly $23,000 more a year for the humane society.

Commissioners had to approve the proposed bill, advertise it for four weeks before it could be brought up at the next regular legislative session in Montgomery for approval.

If the bill passed, the data processing fee could increase by September 2013.

“The commission was trying to come up with funds to help the humane society,” Caton said. “They said they needed $30,000 from the county starting next year so we were trying to come up with that.”

Millwee said those at the humane society have invested a lot of time and personal money on making sure the shelter is a better place for the animals of Chilton County.

“I fear if the county took over running the shelter they would not invest the time, money and care for these animals we have shown,” Millwee said.

The work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the commission boardroom at the courthouse.

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  • fairygrandmother

    Phil I love you and agree with most you post. But not this. If the HS can not provide the servie (AND I GUARANTEE THEY CAN NOT0 with the $12,900 it would be wrong to take it. People who devote time and resources to the HS want HUMANE treatment for animals, there is no immature descisions or hidden agendas for this board. It would be cruel to receive the animals and then neglect them because of limited funds. Everyone appreciates the legislative move proposed….but the shelter has to have interim funding to care for the county’s shame. It did not take legislative action to cut the funding. The shelter might meet the needs of the county by offering to restore previous cuts. Lets remember that there are folks in this county, Phil, who make a very nice living exploiting animals.

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    • Phil Burnette

      Love you too but I feel many people will simply not take animals to the shelter and pay $40 to drop them off. This will increase the number of strays and leave them free to breed indiscriminately. Of course, to ultimately prove either position we would need concrete numbers as to the average number of animals dropped off with the $400 fee. Then we would truly know if the HS gains or loses by this decision. Regardless, I feel quite confident that requiring a $40 fee does increase the number of strays due to people not wishing to pay the fee. Sad but true.

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  • Phil Burnette

    So the Board is receiving $12,900 annually and the Commission is doing all it can to meet their request for an increase to $30,000. It is not happening fast enough to suit them so they decide not to accept the $12,900 any longer? Obviously the Humane Society Board members are ignorant of the legislative process and the time required to achieve these things. This is an immature and nonsensical decision that will only further harm those animals needing help. It reminds me a spoiled child not getting their way and throwing a tantrum. Time for a new Board…

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