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Humane societies seek changes to spay/neuter program

Organizations working with animals and pets throughout Harrison County hope leaders will make some changes to its spay and neuter program.
To reduce overcrowding, Harrison County offers residents up to two vouchers to help cover the expense of spaying or neutering a dog or cat.
River Valley Humane Society and HEART Humane Society asked the Harrison County Board of Commissioners to increase the limit and allow the two organizations to determine how many can be used at each property based on a need.
‘We’re not asking for extra money, just more vouchers,’ Ann Windell, president of the HEART Humane Society, said during Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting.
Tanya Tuell of the River Valley Humane Society said the county’s spay and neuter program had money leftover at the end of 2018, which is why the humane societies want to make the change.
The two humane societies had scheduled spay and neuter procedures for 19 cats from three properties in the southern part of the county. Windell’s organization would have covered the remaining expenses if the commissioners approved the use of the additional vouchers, which covers $20 for each procedure.
The goal is to help alleviate animal issues in the county and at the animal shelter, which has had leadership changes and dealt with capacity problems earlier this year.
‘We all know the terrible problems with cats and kittens,’ Tuell said.
The procedures to the 19 cats in southern Harrison County were put on hold as the commissioners voted to table a decision to review the suggestion more.
‘We don’t have an animal problem,’ Commissioner Kenny Saulman said. ‘We have a people problem. People don’t take care of their animals.’
Commissioner Jim Heitkemper voted against the motion to table the request.
‘Gentleman, we have the resources here to get this done,’ Heitkemper said following the vote.
Tuell said the two humane societies will have to figure out what to do with the cats while they wait for a decision.
The issue could be discussed further when the commissioners meet again on Monday, Aug. 5, at 8:30 a.m. at the government center in Corydon.
In other county business, Shireman Construction provided an update to the three county buildings scheduled for improvements.
The company has spent several weeks drawing design plans for projects at the county’s health and education building, located next to the government center, and in downtown Corydon at the historic courthouse building.
The commissioners looked over some initial drawings. The design team said the health and education building should have the design work completely drawn up in August. The courthouse work still needs to add in security enhancements.
Shireman also is responsible for design work at the Harrison County Justice Center. That funding was approved earlier this summer, and the design team has just begun talking with county departments at the justice center about what should be done.