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Humane Society has another chance to be included in 2006 animal control plan for Brazil

Monday, November 7, 2005

The Clay County Humane Society will have one more chance to be included in the City of Brazil's 2006 animal control plan.

Brazil Mayor Tom Arthur submitted a final proposal to CCHS President Bill Bell Thursday, under which the city would pay the humane society a flat fee of $20 per animal accepted, rather than the one-time annual allotment paid under past agreements.

The Common Council of the City of Brazil approved a city-administrated plan drafted by Arthur at its Oct. 25 session, effectively ending the city's 12-year relationship with the humane society. That plan will be voided if the humane society accepts the new terms before the Nov. 10 deadline.

Citing the cost of medical treatment for animals housed at the humane society's shelter, Bell said the CCHS would not accept the proposal. Bell will convene an emergency meeting of the humane society board of directors on Monday or Tuesday to vote on the issue, he said.

Bell said he hopes the new proposal is an indication that the city is willing to re-open negotiations with the humane society concerning an animal control plan for 2006.

"They met some of our conditions today," Bell said. "We'll put a new proposal in to the mayor. We're going to give a little. We think we can work with the city now."

But Arthur made it clear the proposal is the last the city will offer. Further negotiations are out of the question, he said.

"To me, this is not really negotiating," he said. "This is a last ditch attempt to try to keep the tax dollars (derived from shelter intake fees) in Brazil."

Arthur arrived at the $20 per animal fee after reviewing the animal control expenditures in 40 Indiana municipalities with populations between 5,000 and 10,000. Arthur said the $20 intake fee is equal to the highest amount paid by another city.

"That figure is based on what the other counties are paying," Arthur said. "I think that's a generous offer."

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