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Montcalm County to Review Shelter Practices
Real progress or just putting off the inevitable?

In front of a packed house on Monday, the Montcalm County [Michigan] Board of Commissioners voted to temporarily extend a controversial animal shelter contract for six months and to appoint a “blue ribbon" committee (apparently free from animal rights activists) to review shelter practices. As we blogged earlier in January, the County is deciding whether to renew the Montcalm County Animal Shelter's five-year contract with a Class B Dealer currently responsible for “disposing” of unadopted shelter dogs and cats. The company, R&R Research, either euthanizes the animals by placing them in barrels with carbon-dioxide gas (why not by injection?) or selling them to research facilities.

Those fighting the contract see the review panel as “a diversionary tactic,” an attempt to buy time for the public outcry to die down before approving a five-year renewal. The only way to keep the commissioners honest is to keep up the heat. Watch scenes from the hearing and testimony from R&R Research’s Jim Woudenberg. Keep track of events in Montcalm or find out how to get involved, visit the Concerned Citizens Coalition.

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