The Humane Society Serving Clark County is trying to reach a contract agreement with Clark County that would keep the shelter open. CONTRIBUTED

Humane Society, Clark County negotiating deal to keep shelter open

Clark County and the Humane Society Serving Clark County are still discussing a contract.

“We’re discussing the contract,” Humane Society Board President Carol Dunlap said in a text message this morning. “Hopefully we will have it complete by Wednesday.”

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Clark County Administrator Jenny Hutchinson said the county has offered what officials believe is a fair contract.

“We sent them the draft contract last week and are awaiting their response,” Hutchinson wrote in an email.

Both sides said the negotiations center around the county taking over the dog warden position last summer. Because of the move, the county contends it should pay the shelter less because the shelter no longer has to foot that bill. Meanwhile, the Humane Society says that it still does a lot of work for the county, and needs sufficient funds to make sure it can stay in operation.

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At first it appeared lost pets would be sent to Dayton’s Animal Rescue Center at the beginning of the month because a deal had not been struck between the two agencies. However, Hutchinson said the two have worked out a compromise, and the pets are being sheltered in Clark County for the time being.

According to the Humane Society website, the shelter is not accepting owner-released animals and is not offering owner-requested euthanasia right now.

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