City Council meeting held to determine fate of animal shelter - KCTV5


Fighting over animal shelter continues in Independence

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It has been more than six months, and still there are no animals in a new shelter in Independence. But after Tuesday night's city council meeting, there are signs of progress.

The council voted Tuesday night to make several changes to its agreement with Jackson County, which wants to run the shelter, located off Missouri Highway 78, through Great Plains SPCA.

District 1 member Marcie Gragg thinks the county should to step up and make good on their agreement and allow them into the shelter.

"We have had animals in our tiny little shelter for many, many months, more than they needed to," Gragg said.

Changes to the agreement included asking the county to foot the bill for severance for city workers that will lose their jobs when the shelter opens.

Some at the meeting wondered why the focus was on that and not animals who need shelter.

"It takes a lot. Rescuers work around the clock, and for them to be expected to do it endlessly is not fair," rescuer Glenda Bailey said.

The city also wants the county to reimburse more than $40,000 spent on the shelter project for things like fiber optic lines and security, which the city says it paid for in good faith.

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