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Dubuque County, humane society talk animal control

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At least one member of the Dubuque County Supervisors say they're open to starting a new relationship with the Dubuque Regional Humane Society when it comes to animal control, but said they also do not want to end their current cost-effective means of animal control.

In 2013, the Board of Supervisors allowed a contract with the Humane Society to lapse, after the organizations couldn't agree on an annual flat rate. Dubuque County Supervisor Wayne Demmer said the county had paid in the neighborhood of $30,000 per year for the contract. In 2013, the county wanted to pay $18,000 per year, but the Humane Society wanted $25,000. The Board of Supervisors decided to go with the least expensive option.

They opted to recruit two veterinary clinics in the area, Animal Health Clinic in Dyersville and Vanderloo and White Animal Hospital, to house stray animals in Dubuque County.

Dr. Virgil Bourek owns Animal Health Clinic in Dyersville. He said he receives $108 from the county for each stray animal he receives. Bourek said he has not received a stray animal since last January.

"Recently it hasn't been too many, because we do the outlined parts of the county," Bourek said.

Currently, the Dubuque Humane Society accepts stray animals within the City of Dubuque and some neighboring cities.

Maria Benham is the president of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. She said because the Humane Society is not able to accept animals within Dubuque County, it can cause confusion for people looking to drop off stray animals. Benham said those individuals end up taking the animals to one of the two veterinary clinics or call the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office to transport the animals to one of the two clinics.

The Humane Society and Board of Supervisors are currently talking about the possibility of a renewed animal control agreement, which may help get rid of some of that confusion.

"I think now is a good time because we have our new facility here at Kinsey's Campus, so we are able to do more for more animals. I just think it's a good time to have the water under the bridge and to be able to start fresh," Benham said.

The Board of Supervisors say there is no set meeting to further discuss the agreement. They said they'll explore the possibility of a renewed animal control agreement, but aim to keep vets a part of the process as well.

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