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  • Tight budget halts animal facility plans

  • Budget constraints have put a hold on plans to move forward with a proposed animal control facility, according to the Camden County Sheriff's Department.
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  • Budget constraints have put a hold on plans to move forward with a proposed animal control facility, according to the Camden County Sheriff's Department.
    The proposed animal facility could be back on the sheriff's departments agenda for 2014 if the "revenue and budget allow," according to Capt. Kelly Luttrell.
    If the money is available next year, Luttrell said the sheriff's department would have further discussions with the Camden County Commission.
    In the meantime, Luttrell said there is are no funds available in department's budget for renovations.
    The proposed animal control facility was announced last fall. It was to be housed in the former MoDOT building on Highway E in Montreal. The initial plans presented by the county for the property included using part of it for the road and bridge department and the remaining portion for an animal shelter.
    The proposed facility drew opposition from some nearby landowners. Despite the opposition, county officials had said they planned to move forward with the facility.
    In Dec. 2012, the sheriff's department said the project was still in the planning stages with drawings and specifications in the works. Once those were complete, the sheriff's department was planning on sending the project out for bid, starting with the wastewater treatment plant. No costs estimates for the renovations or ongoing operation of the facility are available.
    Animal calls are the third most frequent type of call the department receives, and is why the county felt buying the building was an easy choice for the county.
    So far in 2013, the animal control division has handled more than 775 complaint calls.
    Officers do not have a facility to house the animals that they pick up. They must drive them to shelters in Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach or Lebanon and pay a fee to house them.
    The funds used to transport and house those animals in other shelters were to be used to fund the day to day operations of the proposed facility.
    In the meantime, the Camden County Road and Bridge Department has been using the facility.
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