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Animal shelter dispute back to committee

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The dispute over operation of Evanston's animal shelter returns to the full Human Services Committee tonight.

A subcommittee report prepared by Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, calls for ending the city's relationship with the non-profit Community Animal Rescue Effort that leases the shelter by April 30. It also calls for the city manager to conduct an audit of CARE's funding.

Whether either of those steps is feasible, though, may be in doubt.

CARE's long-running lease with the city for possession of the animal shelter calls for 360 days notice by the city for a lease termination.

And there's no provision in the lease giving the city authority to audit the non-profit group's books.

Also unknown at this point is whether CARE leaders, who have been under fire from other animal rights advocates over the number of dogs euthanized at the shelter, may have changed their position on that issue in the wake of the subcommittee vote just under two weeks ago to terminate the group's relationship with the city.

CARE has assets of over $1 million, and had agreed in 2007 to collaborate with the city on a project to expand the animal shelter. City funding for the expansion project has been on hold since the recession that hit shortly after the agreement was reached.

Activists opposed to CARE's continued operation of the shelter claim that many donations to CARE were made with the understanding the money would go toward the shelter expansion project.

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Related documents

HSC Committee Packet 3/3/14 (contains subcommittee report)

HSC Committee Packet  2/3/14 (contains CARE shelter lease)

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