STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) - Montcalm County commissioners will appoint a citizen's committeeto study operations at the county animal shelter.
The decision came after a four-hour standing room only meetingon Monday.
Citizens voiced opposition to continuing a contract with ananimal dealer who takes dogs from the shelter and sells them forresearch.
"This is not about animal research. It is about giving pets fromour shelter to be used in live experimentation," Sandy Carlton ofthe citizen's committee, said at the meeting.
"I'm sorry. It may have been a pet at one time. The pointR&R gets involved it is an unwanted animal about to beeuthanized," said Jim Woudenberg of R&R Research.
The contract with R&R Research is due to expire in twoweeks. The county will extend it for another six months while thecommittee works.
"I'd like to warn or advise anyone interested in being on thiscommittee to have some ability to give and take. It's the only waythis is going to work. One side can't win or we're right back tosquare one," said Montcalm County Commissioner Board ChairmanPatrick Carr.
One of the R&R opponents said the citizens committee is longoverdue but also says she is worried.
"I'm afraid it's going to be a cop-out. I'm sorry, it's a way tohope we will shut up and go away," Carlton said.
In front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle.
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