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NAFC Animal Control and Shelter suspends services in parts of Floyd Co.

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A financial fiasco lands the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Control and Shelter right in the middle of a city and county dispute.

A sign posted on the building's front door alerts people that its services will only be provided to residents within New Albany city limits.

The Animal Control Authority Board said it came to that decision Thursday night, because the county is not honoring the budget agreement.

“I know that the residents will be frustrated and some animals may suffer,” NAFC Animal Control and Shelter Director David Hall told WDRB News.

People who live outside New Albany city limits can no longer turn in animals at the shelter nor are animal control services provided to them. It’s a decision made by the New Albany Floyd County Animal Control Authority Board.

“We've put this off and put this off and last night the board just felt that not having a consequence for not paying that huge portion would set a bad example for the future,” board president Dr. Luanne Jensen told WDRB News.

Under an inter-local agreement, the county is to pay 51 percent of the budget. Dr. Jensen says Floyd County is behind on half of its payments, about $150,000. However County Council President Matt Oakley says after voting on an adjusted budget due to a financial shortfall, the shelter has been paid the correct finances.

“They say they don't have the money and I believe they don't but that's their job to find a solution or figure out a way to negotiate with the city.” Dr. Jensen said.

That’s where the problem arises. Oakley says the county sued the city of New Albany for financial records relating to the animal services after being denied an opens record request.

“We don't think it’s fiscally responsible to keep funding a budget at a certain amount when you can't get historical data,” Oakley said.

While Dr. Jensen admits they are not in desperate need of the money, she says the county should not be provided services if it isn’t paying up. 

So now dealing with the animal control services will be taken care of by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office for the rest of the county.

“Everything from injured animals to quarantined animals to animals running at large which can be a danger,” Hall said.

Animal services are expected to resume for the whole county Jan. 1 when money starts coming in for the 2016 budget.

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