STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) - A Montcalm County citizens committee is trying to figure out thenext step in its relationship with a controversial animal testingcenter.
R&R Research, which takes animals from the Montcalm CountyAnimal Shelter and sells and disposes them for research, has beenat the center of the argument. Many complain the animals thatR&R takes could otherwise be adopted.
There have been a number of questions as to how the animals havebeen treated in the past. But the big question going forward is:Will there be a new contract between the shelter and R&RResearch?
A public meeting was held Wednesday to discuss these matters.The head of R&R Research represented his company at themeeting. But he refused to answer questions about the animals heeuthanizes, adding to the frustration of dozens of residents inattendance.
Many of those citizens are opposed to another contract withR&R Research.
"Any time an animal control staff says this animal wasunadoptable, this animal was too sick to be adoptable, this animalis too aggressive to be adoptable, and it goes to R&R Research,the big question that's going to be hanging over the shelter was,was it really?" said another resident at the meeting.
One woman at the meeting even offered to pay for the unwantedanimals if R&R Research was removed from the scenario.
"I have no reservation writing a check right now for $5,000. Whyisn't someone going to take it from me right now? I want toknow...why?" Carol Manos asked the committee.
The citizens committee will send a recommendation to the fullcounty commission whose elected members will make a final decision.Members said they need two more weeks to further study theissue.
'We're willing to look at the options and if there are thingsthat are neglected, obviously animal control can't fix 'em allovernight. But we're willing to spend some money, and we're workingin that direction and to make the changes that are needed for thebenefit of the animals," said Montcalm County Commissioner PatrickCarr.
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