Although struggling, at least for now the Eldon Animal Control Facility is still operating. However, hours and staffing have been scaled back in an effort to curb costs and keep the doors open.

Although struggling, at least for now the Eldon Animal Control Facility is still operating. However, hours and staffing have been scaled back in an effort to curb costs and keep the doors open.

The facility, like every other animal facility or animal rescue operation in the lake area, is faced with rising costs, an increase in the number of animals being housed and lack of financial resources.

While shutting down may be the eventual outcome, the city is trying to find ways to cut expenses while still providing a facility for lost and unwanted animals. Rumors have been circulating that the facility had closed its doors but as of July 12, city staff confirmed they were still in operation.

Works Director Steve Johnson confirmed the animal control facility is still open and taking care of the animals that are housed there.

The Eldon facility was originally meant to be an animal control facility where strays and lost animals were brought and kept for a specified period of time before being euthanized. Now, the facility has more or less turned into a shelter. Seldom are animals euthanized.

The city of Eldon is facing a growing deficit.

The operation of the animal facility is one of the areas city officials are trying to curb costs. Johnson said the facility is costly to operate. Staffing, care and feeding costs add up.

Johnson said many of the animals brought to the facility end up being there for long periods of time.