MWC Animal Welfare Cancels Services For Neighbor Communities - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

MWC Animal Welfare Cancels Services For Neighbor Communities

Posted: Updated:
Citizens in Midwest City are pushing to delay a bond proposal vote after funding for the animal shelter was removed from the list. Citizens in Midwest City are pushing to delay a bond proposal vote after funding for the animal shelter was removed from the list.
MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -

In response to severe overcrowding concerns at the Midwest City animal shelter, city council has voted to cancel partnerships that provide services to neighboring communities.

For years the shelter has worked with Choctaw, Harrah, Jones, Nicoma Park and Forest Park for an annual fee. With the city taking in more dogs and cats than it has space for, however, those in charge say something has to change.

Midwest City has been steadily asking for more money from its neighbors for the last three years, when a study first indicated the animal welfare contracts were not covering the actual cost of the partnerships.

Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross said his team was blindsided when they received a letter canceling their agreement last week.

“The new budget went into effect July 1. We didn’t budget for this,” he said. “We didn’t plan for it.”

Midwest City leaders gave their partner communities until the end of the year to continue bringing strays to the shelter, which only has room for two dozen dogs and about the same number of cats. In 2016, shelter staff had to euthanize 20 percent of the animals, but in the month of May 2017 that number jumped to 33 percent.

“It’s not about the money factor, although we are losing money if you look at the overhead expenses,” Midwest City police Chief Brandon Clabes said. “It’s about the kennel space, and I can’t adopt out viable animals if my space is taken up by someone else from another city.”

A dog lover himself, Clabes said it pains him to see the statistics and realize he doesn't have $3 million in the department's budget to build a brand new facility. Two separate studies noted that is how much an adequate shelter and adoption center would cost, but the city still has not put a bond proposal to fund the project to citizens for a vote.

Clabes said instead of cutting off the rest of eastern Oklahoma County completely, though, he hopes they can come to the table with contributions towards a regional shelter.

“I would think if we’re in active conversations about a solution for Midwest City and eastern Oklahoma County, I would suspect that we’ll continue to provide the service,” Clabes said.

“We’re resilient,” agreed Ross. “We’ll find a way to manage this problem and fix it.”

The community leaders plan to meet in August to discuss their options, and they will look to successful regional shelters around the country for inspiration.

  • NewsMore>>

  • OKCPD Search For Suspect In Deadly SW OKC Auto-Ped

    OKCPD Search For Suspect In Deadly SW OKC Auto-Ped

    Oklahoma City police are searching for the driver of a truck they say hit and killed a pedestrian in southwest OKC, Saturday night.  Police were called to the scene near SW 59th & Penn just around 11:00 p.m. Police said the suspect's vehicle is described as a newer model blue truck, with no tag. No other suspect information was released. Police have not identified the suspect at this time. Stay with News9.com or your News 9 app for more information.More >>
    Oklahoma City police are searching for the driver of a truck they say hit and killed a pedestrian in southwest OKC, Saturday night.  Police were called to the scene near SW 59th & Penn just around 11:00 p.m. Police said the suspect's vehicle is described as a newer model blue truck, with no tag. No other suspect information was released. Police have not identified the suspect at this time. Stay with News9.com or your News 9 app for more information.More >>
  • OKC Officers Not Required To Practice Non-Lethal Combat

    OKC Officers Not Required To Practice Non-Lethal Combat

    Sensei Charles Wallace demonstrates how to disarm someone holding a stick/pipe.Sensei Charles Wallace demonstrates how to disarm someone holding a stick/pipe.

    After a deaf man was shot and killed by an Oklahoma City police officer this week, News 9 dug deeper into the non-lethal combat training the department provides.

    More >>

    After a deaf man was shot and killed by an Oklahoma City police officer this week, News 9 dug deeper into the non-lethal combat training the department provides.

    More >>

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.