In a special meeting Tuesday, the Common Council of the City of Brazil had a discussion with an individual interested in the $12,500 contract the Clay County Humane Society turned down Dec. 31.
Chrystll Owens and husband, John, provided the council with details about the Clay County Animal Rescue, Inc., 763 S. State Road 59, Center Point, which the couple owns.
"We work well with the police and sheriff's departments and also have the capability to begin a spay/neuter program," Chrystll, who had previously served as shelter manager for the Humane Society, said. "We also have two vans, along with my personal vehicle, that we can use for pick ups and rescues."
She also said her personal vehicle has been fitted with a pet cage which will help protect the animals during transport.
Council President Bill Lovett said he recalled working with Chrystll when she worked for the Humane Society and was confident in her abilities.
"I've seen her respond to calls before and she knows what she is doing," he said.
Owens informed the council the rescue center can hold up to 50 dogs at the current time and plans to add another building on the property in the spring.
"We also work with Mary Vanhorn in Jasonville who runs (Animal Angels Rescue)," she said. "Together we can tackle the stray population."
Council member Sam Glover expressed concern about the rescue center being able to find funding and was curious to hear if they would provide financial reports, something the Humane Society never did.
"There is an accountability to the taxpayers to ensure that money is spent the way it is supposed to," he said.
However, John assured the council they have other funding sources and would provide reports on a regular basis.
"We get a lot of help from citizens donating their time and do have other funding that comes in," he said. "We are also applying for the Hill's Science food donation program where our only cost would be for shipping. But we would also have the option of picking up the food ourselves to eliminate the shipping costs as well."
Chrystll followed up on John's comments by explaining their center also has the capabilities to pick up animals other than just dogs and cats.
"We do have the ability to pick up larger farm animals like pigs and horses if need be," she said. "I like animals and don't like seeing any of them hurt."
As a whole, the council was impressed with the setup of the Clay County Animal Rescue, Inc., but did not extend a contract offer during the meeting because they need to make sure they are in line with state statutes and whether or not they need to go through the process of requesting bids for services.
However, the council did rescind the outstanding offer to the Humane Society so they would have the ability to make an offer to another organization.
If the contract does not need to go through the bidding process, the council may offer the contract during their regular meeting Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall.