New Policy Manual in Place at Saginaw Animal Shelter

Saginaw County officials approved a new policy manual for the county's animal shelter following a state investigation. 
 
County Controller Robert Belleman said a lack of completing that manual last year is part of what led to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's animal division examination.
 
"This was an agreement that we signed off on back in January of 2013, and it never got done," he said. "That's what resulted in the investigation and their findings."
 
With the compliance agreement in place between the county and MDARD, Belleman said the county also received a lessened fine after changes were made.
 
"One of the issues (was) we had to update that policy manual," he said. "Once we completed that, they were willing to reduce the roughly $16,500 in fines down to right around $9,600."
 
Oversight of the shelter moved to Belleman's office earlier this year, although future procedual changes still need county board approval. 
 
He added the search for a new center director is underway and about 10 applications have been received so far.
 
---Hilary Farrell
 
 

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