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Salem City Manager To Present Animal Control Plan

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Salem City Manger Bill Gruen will present a proposed contract to the Salem City Council Monday night to use the Centralia Animal Shelter as the City of Salem's dog pound.  

Gruen admits the cost will be expensive, but will once again give the city a place to take dogs running at large or who are vicious.  "The proposed contract amount is $57,000 for the first year, with a potential 3% cost increases for five years.  We would still be responsible for bringing our animals over to Centralia.  I think this is a great start to start talking about animal control solutions.  In may opinion, this is our best option for animal control.  I wouldn't be surprised, though, if we get questions or get comments that could uncover some better options," said Gruen.

Gruen admits the plan is expensive.  When the cost of the city's animal control officer is added to the cost of taking the dogs to the pound it will top $80,000.  And the plan doesn't address cats, since Centralia would not accept them.  

Gruen is appreciative of Centralia City Manager Dan Ramey sitting down and helping provide a solution to Salem's animal control problem.  

A final vote is not expected on the proposal Monday night.  

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