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Dec 11, 2012 6:51 PM by Lacey Steele

City of Pueblo and Humane Society in budget negotiations

With a smaller amount of money coming in this year, the Humane Society of the Pike's Peak region is trying to figure out how to operate the Pueblo Animal Shelter and Animal Services.

We found out about the negotiations.

The City of Pueblo has a contract with the Humane Society of the Pike's Peak Region to run the Pueblo shelter and Animal Services.

With the economy, the shelter is receiving less money than before.

"We have taken on more responsibility, and we haven't had an increase in several years," said Katie Borremans with the Humane Society of the Pike's Peak Region.

Five years ago they got $520,000, the same last year, but this year is planned for 10% less.

"Looking at this year and going forward, we just can't continue to sustain that level of loss," said Borremans.

City Councilman Chris Kaufman says there are negotiations going on, but with several options on the table, it could delay their contract

"The economy is forcing people to be extremely efficient," said Borremans. "That's the case for us, too, so we are kind of in the same boat."

Compared to the national average of 15 workers, they only have 6 inside the kennel.

"That's a big piece of it, too, just the amount of animals that are coming through and not having the staff or resources to be able to handle that," said Borremans.

One option is to turn some parts over to the city, but they don't want to pull out completely.

"Being there ten years, we feel like we know the community and are doing a great job, so we'd hate to leave," said Borremans.

It could be awhile before a decision is made.

The humane society has had to subsidize quite a bit over the last few years, and they say they aren't sure how deep the cuts will be this time if a deal isn't made.

They had also hoped to receive money from the county, but we spoke to County Commissioner Anthony Nunez who says they will not get any this year.

 

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