WPD keeping tabs on humane shelter

The Winslow Humane Shelter storage room seemed organized and clean on a recent visit.

Merrit also confirmed that there has been an outbreak of the PARVO virus in the northern region of the state, but added that the shelter lacks the funds to immunize each animal in their care against the virus. Mrs. Merritt was informed that unscheduled tours by police department personnel would continue.

A few days following, a citizen came to the Winslow Police Department and voiced his concerns over conditions at the Humane Shelter. In addition to the original concerns received by WPD, this citizen felt the Humane Society was not doing enough to promote the adoption of animals in their custody.

On January 21 another unannounced visit was made to the Humane Society. Again, employees were in the midst of cleaning out kennels and pens as required by the contract the society has with the city.

On Jan. 23, City Councilman Tom McCauley, City Administrator John Roche, Police Chief Stephen Garnett, Winslow Police Department Jim Sepi and Winslow Mail Reporter Brooke Hodges toured the Humane Society facilities. As a result of this tour, the police department will schedule a meeting with the Humane Society members, Navajo County Animal Control and the general public. The purpose of the meeting will be to address some of the issues voiced by citizens and to work on resolutions to these issues. The date of the meeting will be announced at a later date.

Although the Winslow Humane Society, Inc. is an independent corporation, the City of Winslow subsidizes its (Humane Society’s) operation with annual funding through the police department budget. This subsidy is based on the “Animal Control Contract” that the Humane Society entered into with the City of Winslow in 2002. This contract requires that the city provide use of city owned facilities for animal control operations and the designation of Humane Society employees as “Deputies” of the Chief of Police. The oversight of Humane Society Operations became the responsibility of the police department.

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