Sep 5, 2013 11:36 PM by Andy Koen

Canon City mayor leery of paying shelter

CANON CITY - Some of the public funding supporting the Humane Society of Fremont County could be in jeopardy after the facility failed two consecutive state inspections.

The humane society is a private non-profit organization that is primarily funded by grants from the Ralph J. Wann Foundation. In 2012, the foundation gave the shelter $196,264 in grant funding. However, local government contributes at least $49,500 through impound agreements with the shelter.

Canon City Mayor Tony Greer told News 5 on Wednesday that he wants City Council to consider stopping their quarterly payments.

"We're three quarters of the way through that annual contract and my suggestion this evening was that the City Council consider suspending our contract until we're satisfied that the Humane Society is not putting more animals in danger," Greer said.

The City of Canon City pays the shelter $30,000 for its contract. Fremont County pays $14,000 and the City of Florence pays $4,500.

Captain Don Pinover of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office confirms that his officers are investigating the shelter as well.


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