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Commission schedules work session to meet with humane society board

Published 3:49pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The board of directors for the Chilton County Humane Society has voted to discontinue funding arrangements with the Chilton County Commission.

The decision from the board came in the form of a letter addressed to commissioners as well as all municipalities and police departments on March 8.

The letter stated the humane society would no longer accept the county’s monthly check of $1,075 and all residents outside of the city limits in Maplesville, Clanton, Thorsby or Jemison would be required to pay a $40 intake fee for animals dropped off to the shelter.

Part of the letter stated, “We have put our time and money into the everyday operation of the shelter and can no longer manage the cost associated with the 200 plus animals that come into the shelter each month from areas outside the city limits.”

Commission chairman Allen Caton announced during the commission meeting Monday that commissioners would like to meet with members of the board at a work session scheduled for March 18.

Humane Society board president Jenny Millwee said on Tuesday the decision to discontinue funding arrangements with the commission came after months of trying to receive a funding increase from the county and never receiving any increase in money.

“We simply cannot operate on the funds we receive from the county,” Millwee said. “It is just not enough to help us out.”

Millwee said the commission’s monthly check for $1,075 was returned by the humane society for the month of March.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Caton said the reason for the work session on March 18 with the humane society is to talk with the humane society board and discuss funding arrangements.

“We were very upset to get this kind of reaction from the humane society,” Caton said. “We are trying to get them additional funding and we do not feel they have given the county any consideration for what we have done for them.”

Caton said the county owns the building the humane society uses, the county paid $30,000 for an incinerator, and the county paved the road leading into the shelter.

Caton also acknowledged the lease for the building was up in 2010.

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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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