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Request to Pataskala

Humane society seeking financial support

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The Pataskala Safety Committee is expected to meet July 1 to obtain more information about paying the Licking County Humane Society for its investigation of animal cruelty complaints in the city.

Pataskala City Council on June 17 reviewed the agreement, called a memorandum of understanding, and referred it to the safety committee.

The memorandum would apply to reports of cruelty to animals, said Lori Carlson, executive director of the humane society.

Carlson said the humane society started responding to reports of abuse, neglect and abandonment of animals in Pataskala in 2010.

Calls prior to 2010 had been investigated by the Licking County Animal Shelter.

Carlson said the humane society investigates complaints and often has to confiscate animals and care for them.

It also presents criminal charges, if necessary.

"We can't continue to do that for free," she said.

Carlson said in the past two years, the humane society has confiscated eight animals in its investigations in Pataskala.

She said she proposes Pataskala pay a fee that would help supplement the humane society officer's salary and animal care.

It works out to $290.66 per month, $66 of which would be a salary contribution.

Carlson said she is asking other cities and villages in Licking County for a similar amount, based on the number of cases in each jurisdiction.

The safety committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, in Pataskala City Council Chambers, 621 W. Broad St.

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