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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Newport animal shelter discussion
The Cocke County General Committee was scheduled to meet Tuesday with Friends of the Animal Shelter to talk about shelter funding, however, because of a lack of a quorum, the meeting was confined to a workshop. Both Cocke County and Newport have been in dialogue with the Friends group, with regard to funding of the shelter which recently was refurbished, and has a good manager. Ratification of an operating contract had been delayed pending a language clarification, however members of the committee were told the contract now meets the approval of city officials. Anne Fontaine a long-time member of the Friends group said a search is on for a veterinarian for the shelter. She offered to pay half of the $50,000 annual cost if the governmental groups fund the balance. "This would help not only our shelter but also the people of the community and other rescues, because we could have a low-cost spay and neuter program," she said. Fontaine also asked the committee to fund the operation of the shelter for January, which was not funded by the county legislative body. CLB member Shalee Benson said the funding was not approved because no representative of the Friends group attended the meeting, and there were questions regarding the position of Newport with regard to the contract. Mayor Crystal Ottinger said the community should be appreciative of the Friends group because even though the shelter wasn't funded, the Friends continued to take in stray animals. She also asked the commissioners who did not vote to fund the operation, to provide an alternative for housing the animals. "Right now our hands are tied," she said. Sheriff Armando Fontes reported that the shelter has housed aggressive animals picked up in the community He said in the past nine months, there have been 45 reported instances of animals attacking humans or other animals in the county. According to the sheriff, two of those attacked were his deputies, and a total of 112 individuals have been charged. "I don't know what to do if we have no place to take animals that bite people," the sheriff told the c committee. The legislative body is expected to consider the funding issue at it's meeting next week.


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