Loudon County Going To The Dogs, Blount
County Dogs That Is
|Apparently, based on a
knoxnews.com news article, Mayor Arp has committed Loudon County's
animal shelter to take on Blount County's strays and abandoned animals.
From coverage of Blount County Commission meeting.
By Robert Wilson
The commission also voted Thursday night to authorize County Mayor
Jerry Cunningham to cement an agreement with Loudon County and his
longtime friend and counterpart there, Mayor Doyle Arp, to help Blount
County with its animal control problem.
Cunningham said he has a commitment from Arp for Loudon to accept
Blount's stray and turned-in animals for a fee of $4,000 a month through
the end of the county's fiscal year June 30. After that the arrangement
will be re-evaluated and may be extended.
The county already had funds appropriated for animal control through
this fiscal year and had about $69,000 left in the budget when its
contract for animal control with the city of Maryville expired Dec. 31.
Those funds will be used to pay Loudon County and also to hire an animal
control officer - the one laid off by Maryville when the contract
expired - through June 30.
With a budget of more than $150,000.00, The Loudon County Animal Shelter
is already servicing a large area including all of Loudon County, Loudon
and Lenoir City. One can only speculate what impact the addition of
Blount County's animals will have on the facility and it's employees.
Records do not show that Loudon
County Commission has approved this agreement.
There was an earlier
knoxnews.com story on this issue.
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