STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) - An advisory committee has voted 4-3 to recommend ending acontroversial contract between Montcalm County and a company calledR&R Research.
R&R Research has been the focus of much of the attention thecommittee has been giving the treatment of unwanted animals in thecounty.
Two weeks ago panel members questioned the head of R&R, whois also on the advisory board by appointment of the countycommission, about his practices and how he dealt with animals hepicked up from the animal shelter. He refused to answer most of thequestions leading some committee members to question theadvisability of entering into a new contract that they believe doesnot have enough transparency. Of 50 or so people in the audience,none spoke in favor of R&R but many spoke against the companywith varying degrees of passion.
One central complaint for those who attended the meeting wastheir assertion that R& R was taking animals that had alreadybeen spoken for by rescue groups and others and selling them forresearch. They said that many of the animals that R&R sold fora profit were quite adoptable and that in some cases people hadrequested the animals but when they showed up at the MontcalmCounty Animal Shelter they had already been taken away.
After continued on-again, off-again discussions Wednesday, theadvisory committee finally voted for the recommendation, which endsthe contract by April 30. The committee acquired funding forcollection and cremation of animals that were euthanized at no costto the county.
Another major announcement that came out of the meeting is thatanimals will now be euthanized by injection rather than by methodsconsidered less humane - which will happen no matter what.
The committee will now send the recommendation to the fullcounty commission, which will have the final say. A countycommissioner told 24 hour News 8 two weeks ago the committee'sdecision was not binding and the commissioners would notnecessarily follow the group's wishes.
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