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NM Council agrees to pay animal shelter

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com

The North Manchester Town Council unanimously approved a proposal to pay the Wabash County Animal Shelter for stray animal care, using a bi-annual budget capped at $6,000. The agreement will now be sent to the shelter for final approval.

The proposal agrees to pay $100 for each stray animal surrendered, as long as the shelter provides the Town Council with the “surrender of stray” form. They will review the proposal before July.

The shelter has suffered financial troubles for several years after Wabash County cut its funding for shelter services. Shelter representatives then turned to the City of Wabash and North Manchester to pay for services, which the City has already agreed to. But the North Manchester Town Council requested additional financial information before it would make a decision.

While the Council was considering the most recent proposal last month, the Wabash County Animal Shelter cut services to the area. The Town had not planned for the services in its own budget, but Town Manager Adam Penrod said the budget could fund services temporarily.

“I’m very surprised that they curtailed our service given that they had just, at that meeting, given us the information that we had asked for,” Town Council member Laura Rager said. “I was very surprised that they weren’t accepting responsibility for the fact we had asked for that information back in June (2017) and July, when we were planning for our budget.”

Council member Allen Miracle said he thinks these kinds of financial requests will increase over the years as different levels of governments cut funding.

“I just want to stress that it is important for any organization requesting funding from us to provide us with as much current financial and data driven information as they can,” he said. “Especially a not-for-profit. Don’t make us look for your information. Please help us help you.”