County to partner with HS another year


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Logan County Fiscal Court approved a contact between the Logan County Humane Society for the 2016-2017 fiscal year at a meeting held Tuesday, May 24. The contract allows the society to run the day-to-day operations of the county’s animal shelter, as well as the Logan County Animal Control Officer position (ACO). Only one change appeared in the contract from last fiscal year and that included dropping the Warren County Humane Society off as an advisor.

“We want to stand on our own two feet,” said Amanda Castile, who serves as the director for the humane society. “We want to be a place the citizens can be proud of, while saving as many animals as possible. It’s not that we don’t want help from others, because we do and will, but we must rely on ourselves and our community.”

The Warren County Humane Society was placed on last year’s contract to help make recommendations regarding animal population, health, etc. Castile said she believes the staff at the humane society is up to the challenge to regulate the population at this time.

“We have a thriving rescue program and foster program,” said the director. “We are getting more animals out now than we were in the past year, and feel confident with our community’s help that it will only get better.”

Castile took over as director of the society in April of this year, replacing Tracy Moser. Castile has already hit the ground running implementing many changes that will be more community friendly.

“It’s very important to stay in touch with your community. They are the ones who will make or break you. We want to be open and communicate with them. We want them to come out to the shelter and have a look, help if they can, and just be a part of the process of saving animals,” said Castile.

The contract says that the society will employ the ACO. That employees and directors of the society are not employed by the county and therefore are not entitled to benefits such as retirement or health insurance.

The society will pay for the ACO’s certification and euthanasia training recommended on the KACA level. The society will pay for the fuel for the ACO, who will work five days a week determined by the director.

In the event the ACO is unable to perform their duties, law enforcement will respond to animal control.

All animals related calls must go through the emergency communications center (270-726-4911) to be documented.

The Logan County Humane Society will operate the animal shelter in accordance with KRS Chapter 258. They agree to assist the county in providing a clean and comfortable shelter program for homeless, abused, lost and abandoned animals within the community.

The society agrees to keep the animal population at a comfortable level and will coordinate with other local shelters and animal rescues when possible, to manage the overcrowding and sick and aggressive animals.

The society agrees to work with experienced organizations/businesses with livestock issues, and cooperate with the county in scheduling walk through inspections with a county representative.

The county will provide help from other county agencies when possible for mowing, gravel, etc.

The county will be responsible for major facility repairs of their county building (if the society complies with the requirements in the contract) such as the HVAC, sewage issues, structural damage, etc. The items would need to be reviewed prior to approval.

The county will provide financial support to the society in carrying out the terms of the contract and agreement, with allocations to the society being line items in the annual budget.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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