Farmington Animal Shelter crisis mulled in city council meeting

Posted at: 07/23/2013 1:01 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Farmington City Council plans to talk about the crisis surrounding the town's animal shelter at the meeting on Tuesday.

The shelter's resources quickly dwindled when they reached capacity earlier this month, so they turned to euthanasia when kittens became ill from a fast-spreading infection. The stress of the rising euthanasia rate, along with an increasing flow of animals coming into the shelter, caused many employees to quit.

City councilors say they need a clear plan to fix these issues before the city opens a new $4.6 million regional animal shelter.

According to a quarterly report from the acting animal welfare director, poor management of the shelter’s spay and neuter clinic could threaten operations and access to grants.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall.