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After the closure of the Taylor County animal shelter, LaRue County has found a new home for its animal population.
Hardin Fiscal Court is set to approve a contract with LaRue County on Tuesday for animal control services, allowing LaRue County to house a small number of animals each month in the Hardin County animal shelter on Nicholas Street.
Deputy Judge-Executive Jim Roberts said Hardin County will take up to 20 animals per calendar month with LaRue County paying an annual fee of $21,000 for the services. LaRue County also agrees to pay $15 for each animal transported in excess of the 20-animal allowance. The contract stipulates Hardin County will accept only felines and canines.
LaRue Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said his county has its own animal control officer and vehicle and will continue to maintain its program. LaRue County will transport the animals to Hardin County’s shelter under the stipulations of the contract.
Turner said his county used to contract its animal control services with Hardin County before entering a contract with Taylor County. After the decision was made to close the shelter there, LaRue County had to decide whether to construct its own shelter or contract with another county where a shelter already exists, he said.
Because of the regulations tied to the management of municipal animal shelters, Turner said it was much more cost effective for LaRue County to approach Hardin County about contracted services. Likewise, he said the new contract will cut down on fuel costs because travel time to Hardin County is shorter than the trip to Taylor County.
On the flip side, Hardin County benefits from the agreement by generating money for those services, Turner said.
Roberts agreed and said Hardin County government considers the contract a “win-win situation.”
“If we can help a neighboring county, we should do so,” Roberts said. “And they’ll pay us to do so.”
LaRue Fiscal Court authorized Turner to negotiate the services with Hardin County during a meeting late last month, and Turner said he hoped to have the contract signed before any shelter services were disrupted, according to The LaRue County Herald News.
Roberts said LaRue County had not transported any animals to the animal shelter as of Friday.
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