The City of Brazil recently entered into a contract with Clay County Humane Society (CCHS) for the service of animal control for the city.
Clay County Animal Rescue previously held the contract until it recently informed the city it would no longer be conducting its services.
Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham noted animal control is a big issue in the city right now.
"Animal control is a big issue right now in the city because we're on pace to take between 7-800 calls just on animal issues and it's tying up a lot of our police officers' time," Wyndham said. "We need our police officers to do police work and not be dog catchers."
He also said having the Humane Shelter in the city limits is a plus.
"One advantage of using the shelter is its proximity," Wyndham said.
"It's in our backyard, and hopefully well be able to create a good working relationship and get working on the animal problems.
"I know there will be some glitches, but we'll work through it."
Wyndham said he recently sat down with Police Chief Clint McQueen and officials with the shelter to make sure everyone was on the same page and knew what to expect from one another.
As the contract states, the city will pay the CCHS a total of $9,173.40, for the remainder of the year.
The amount will be paid on a monthly basis by a total of $715.07, for May and $1,208.33, for the months of June through December.
The contract will be in effect from May 14, 2012-Dec. 31, 2012, and it will be able to be renewed each calendar year.
The contract may also be terminated by either party, with or without cause, by giving the other party 60 days written notice.
Other stipulations of the contract include:
* CCHS will assist the Brazil Police Department with matters pertaining to animals within the corporate limits of the City of Brazil. The police department will only utilize CCHS' services during its operating hours of Tuesday-Saturday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and during any emergency situation as deemed necessary by the Brazil Police Department,
* CCHS will only receive animals from the general citizenry of the City of Brazil at its shelter by appointment. The Humane Officers or any other law enforcement officers may deliver animals to the shelter at any time of the day or night,
* CCHS personnel are required to make every reasonable effort to inform the owner of any animals impounded and will hold the animal on the premises for three days or possibly a longer period as is required by law or ordinance,
* If an owner claims an impounded animal within the three days, CCHS will release the animal to the owner upon compliance with any and all statutory or ordinance requirements, which include showing CCHS a receipt from the payment of the civil penalty (impounding fee), the payment of any fines for violations paid at the Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Brazil and the presentation of any required state license and rabies tag. Information on fines for violations can be found in section 93.99 of the Brazil Code of Ordinances, and
* After an animal has been held at the shelter for more than three days, CCHS may adopt or euthanize the animal pursuant to Indiana law and proper humane procedures, or enter into rescue.