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HUMANE SOCIETY AGREEMENT 1-8-14 LMS

The Salmon City Councilís first order of business in 2014 was to approve a recently updated agreement between the city and the Lemhi County Humane Society. The agreement was approved even though questions brought forward during the discussion prior to the vote will be pursued.

The city annually donates $10,000 to the Animal Shelter. The discussion consensus was that the cityís money is to be used only for the physical operations of the shelter building itself, such as maintenance and utility bills, and not for the care of the animals the building houses. The agreement as written does not outline any expenditure limitations or guidelines for the city funding and Councilman Jim Bockelman believes it should for the protection of both entities. That topic will be further researched.

A second issue had to do with what process the Humane Society uses in selection of veterinary care for the animals living at the shelter. It was pointed out that spay and neuter discount certificates available at the shelter leave the choice of a veterinarian up to the pet owner. The choice of which vet to call when a shelter housed animal needs attention is up to the Humane Society and since city tax dollars are used to support the facility the council will look into the organizationís veterinarian selection policies in terms of equitability.

Mayor Leo Marshall will meet with Councilmen Fred Waidely and Ken Hill to review all available information.

Councilman Ken Hill abstained from the agreement approval vote due to his affiliation with the Humane Society. Councilmen Jim Baker, Jessie Bender, Jim Bockelman and Fred Waidely approved the agreement. Retiring Councilman Jim Kluesner had already retired and was not present at the meeting.


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