Griffith animal shelter critics fail to attend meeting

2013-07-12T20:45:00Z 2013-07-12T20:50:10Z Griffith animal shelter critics fail to attend meetingCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 12, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | Residents who have been complaining about the town's animal shelter were no-shows after being invited to attend Thursday's Safety Board meeting.

Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said a small group of people recently sent emails with what he called "false allegations" about the shelter.

"I found the animals well treated and well-fed," he said of his recent visit there.

Robert Abernethy, who volunteers at the shelter and also for the Volunteer Emergency Service Team, said he has been making repairs to some of the cages.

"We're trying to improve the building we have," Abernethy said.

Liz Canty, who volunteers for the Treasured Friends animal rescue group, said she is familiar with the Griffith facility.

"The animals are very well taken care of," she said. "I challenge the people who complain about the shelter to put their money where their mouths are" and become volunteers.

The town is taking steps to build a new animal shelter, said Town Council Vice President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd.

The project has about 70 percent of its funding, so more money is needed, he said.

"We're lucky to have an animal warden like Sandi (Litke)," Mance said, adding that he is meeting Saturday with an expert on animal shelter fundraising.

"We are moving forward and hope to move into the new building very soon," Mance said.

Town Council President Glen Gaby, R-1st, said he invited those who had complaints to attend Thursday's meeting.

"And they're not here," Gaby said.

Mance said the primary critic has been invited to visit the shelter several times and has rejected each invitation.

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