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NORTH DURHAM: The release of the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter's annual report has prompted one Uxbridge councillor to question whether the agreement between the two North Durham municipalities should continue being split 50/50.
Councillors were presented with the report at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Jan. 21, and it shows a large imbalance in use of services between the two municipalities.
Of the 137 dogs impounded by the Animal Shelter in 2012, 88 came from Scugog while just 38 came from Uxbridge. A further 11 were dropped off from other areas.
Cats showed an even greater discrepancy, with Scugog responsible for 230 of the 317 cats taken in by the Shelter in 2012
These figures, coupled with the fact that Uxbridge drew almost $3,000 more in tag sales prompted Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet to question the agreement between Uxbridge and Scugog.
"If Scugog is using two-thirds of the services at the shelter, then I feel they should be paying two-thirds of the cost," commented Councillor Highet.
Plans are currently in the works for the Shelter to be moved to a new facility on Lakeridge Rd., and the committee responsible for the project has been hard at work fundraising for the endeavor over the past two years. However, Councillor Highet insisted that the township can not wait for the facility to open to clear up the issue of service imbalance.
"I know that there are plans to build a new shelter, but I don't feel that this can wait until then," Councillor Highet added.
The report from Animal Control Manager Vicki McWhirter was ultimately received by council for information.
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