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Concern Over Proposed Rupert Animal Shelter
Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
The animal control facility in Paul is in need of an upgrade.
A new location near the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rupert has been proposed.
However, residents made their concerns known at a City Council meeting, prompting officials to rethink their next steps.
Kelly Anthon, Rupert City Administrator, "the animal control board made a decision to start the move and the city allowed them to move forward but we've realized now that we've had concerns form neighbors we need to slow down."
The current animal shelter in Paul was built over twenty years ago, its resources too outdated for the amount of animals it holds.
Anthon states, “it was originally built to house dogs for a very short amount period of time and then to euthanize them. What we have found is there is some cost effectiveness in moving away from euthanizing and more towards a rescue effort."
Ken Mort, Minidoka animal control officer, adds, "we've taken in over 600 dogs in the last year. Our euthanasia percentage is only at 3.5 percent, which is really good compared to the national average."
Anthon notes, “there’s been a real turn around in the effort in Minidoka in terms of animal control. This does not translate into the type of facility that we currently have. We would like to get a better facility that could be better managed.”
Mort says, "if we had a larger facility we would have an area where they could run, play, and work out some energy."
Before further steps are taken, a meeting with the concerned neighbors will be held.
Coming together and working to find a solution.