Stray Animals Hang in the Balance of Contract Negotiations

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A current $20,000 contract to help stray animals hangs in the balance, as the City of Brazil and the Clay County Humane Society battle over contract terminology. 

Monday, WTWO met with the director of the humane society and the mayor to talk about what’s going on. 

Both say that whether or not they can come to an agreement, the city and the humane society will move forward. 

In years past, the Clay County Humane Society has taken the role and responsibility for animal control. 

That includes returning dispatched calls of animals who are in an emergency situation. 

“With out without this contract, Clay County Humane Society will remain in operation,” says Michelle Cannava, director of CCHS.  

Once the contract came up for renewal, the city and humane society began voicing their concerns. 

“There’s been some, I think, disagreement on the language in the contract on what’s defined as an emergency,” says Brian Wyndham, Mayor of Brazil.

Cannava says there’s another area of concern with the contract. 

“The $20,000 that we received from the city-  based on the quantity of animals that we brought in, under our contract with the city, we actually ended up spending more than that,” says Cannava. 

“I think that seems to be a misunderstanding,” says Mayor Wyndham. “it’s not a…donation. It’s designed as a fee for service. This service runs about 60-70 calls annually.” 

While there are many open-ended questions still on the table, both the mayor and Cannava say they hope for a conclusive agreement. 

“I think we’ll get something put together here pretty quick,” says the mayor. 

“We’re still open door,” says Cannava. “You can bring the animals in and they’ll be cared for in the same manner,” 

The humane society board is meeting Monday night at 6:30 in city hall.

If any developments should arise from the meeting, we’ll make sure to report those findings. 

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