Green Bay Animal Shelter Issues

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GREEN BAY, Wis (WFRV) The future of an animal shelter contract currently in place was debated Thursday at Green Bay City Hall. Packerland Veterinary Center was awarded the contract in May of 2013. Alderman Tim DeWane proposed canceling it and giving it back to Bay Area Humane Society.

At Green Bay City Hall before the city’s Advisory Committee, public comments from those both for and against the city’s current animal shelter – under contract – Packerland Veterinary Center.

“Packerland was awarded a contract and Packerland has done nothing,” said one woman.

“At Packerland after seven days the animals are shipped off,” said another man.

Two years ago Green Bay awarded a three-year contract to Packerland. Alderman Tim DeWane questioned their ability to handle roughly 1,300 strays a year. As well as a policy of keeping animals for just seven days and than sending them to partner shelters elsewhere to free up space.

“I don’t think it’s right for taxpayers to be paying for this and not getting the bang for the buck,” said DeWane.

He proposed giving the contract back to Bay Area Humane Society, who held it prior to Packerland. Yet Packerland’s owner Chanda Holschbach told this committee – her agency has done nothing to warrant termination – is caring for animals – and is abiding to the contract’s terms.

“If there have been complaints no one here came and spoke to us,” Holschbach said.

Alderman Guy Zima said under the current contract the city had an option to go elsewhere.

“It’s a small place, is it really meeting our needs,” said Zima.

But others said taking the contract away before it expired would set a bad precedent.

“I stand on what I voted on before – and now,” said Alderman Jerry Wizbiskie.

And the proposal was voted down by a 3- 2 vote.

“We pour our heart and soul in caring for these animals – it’s not a 9-to-5 job,” Holschbach said.

DeWane had also proposed contracting out for animal control – essentially eliminating Green Bay Police Department’s Animal Control officer position –  but that too was voted down by the committee.

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