Animal shelter may have to close its doors

Attica's only animal shelter, Paws 'N' Claws, may be closing if the city won't increase funding.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2017 5:36 PM
Updated: Dec. 18, 2017 3:08 PM

ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) — Attica's only animal shelter, Paws 'N' Claws, may be closing if the city won't increase funding.

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The shelter is responsible for animal control as well as being a full-service, no-kill shelter. It has been able to stay open on its current budget of $17,000 and through fundraising.

City Council members said shelter workers gave them two options; either the city gives the shelter more money or they are closing their doors. Matthew Madden, Attica City Council Member, said the city doesn't want to be responsible for stray animals. 

"I think we all agree that having Paws 'N' Claws here is an asset to our community," said Madden. 

Before the shelter opened six years ago, the city was responsible for animal control. They would catch and keep stray animals for ten days and then euthanize them if they weren't claimed.

However, Shelter President, Tracy Sudlow said if the city wants them to continue operating this way they need a budget increase. She asked the city council for a $28,000 budget instead. 

Attica Mayor, Duane Roderick said increased funding would cost taxpayers. 

Sudlow said she thinks the community will rally behind the shelter. 

"People care what happens to these animals and I think that they will be willing to pay a little more to have us maintain the services we provide," said Sudlow. 

There is a third option for the shelter, it can relocate outside of the city with help from the county. But the city will still have to help cover moving costs.

The public is encouraged to attend the council meeting Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m.

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