LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For nearly 30 years, Crystal Creek Kennels has labored with the Tippecanoe County authorities to assist shelter and undertake animals all through the county.
That will quickly be coming to finish.
Bernard Wulle, the proprietor of Crystal Creek Kennels, knowledgeable the County Commissioners about his want to retire earlier this 12 months.
Although saddened by this information, the commissioners knew this present day was coming and plan to open a county animal shelter to fill the absence of Crystal Creek Kennels.
“For many years we have been involved, Tippecanoe County government has been involved in animal sheltering arrangement with Crystal Creek Kennels – north of Battle Ground, Ind. – and it’s been a great relationship,” said Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown.
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“It dates all the way back to when Smokey Anderson was sheriff, and they have done a remarkable job in terms of managing the population of the animals that come in through the intake process there.”
Anderson, a veteran with Tippecanoe County, served one time period as sheriff till 2006.
“Unfortunately,” Brown continued, “it has come time for Bernard and Annetta Wulle, the owners of Crystal Creek Kennels, to retire. That’s their desire. We knew that was coming; we didn’t think it was going to happen as soon as it did.
“We have been on a year-to-year contract with them. So, it is very apparent that collectively we need to do something to spin up an operation that’s going to provide the same services that were being provided by that kennel.”
County to construct animal shelter in Lafayette
With the announcement of Wulle’s retirement, the county, in addition to the City of Lafayette and the City of West Lafayette, plan to create a joint humane animal shelter on the county’s previous Purdue Extension places of work on Sagamore Parkway in Lafayette.
The commissioners plan the brand new facility to home animal management officers in addition to different animal shelter providers.
The three governments plan to allocate round $5 million to fund the development of this undertaking.
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The Tippecanoe County authorities plans to contribute round $2 million in funds; the City of Lafayette, round $2.5 million in funds; and the City of West Lafayette, $500,000 to the undertaking.
“These numbers come from what a study has shown what the relative need in the contribution of the political subdivisions are to the animals that require sheltering,” stated Doug Masson, Tippecanoe County’s lawyer.
The commissioners have partnered with Shelter Planner of America to create a 3-D, coloured rendering of the protentional buildings. The design of the undertaking is comparable to the rendering ready for Brown County Humane Society, which Shelter Planner of America additionally labored on.
The Tippecanoe County Commissioners didn’t point out a beginning date or anticipated completion of the undertaking at Monday’s assembly.
Noe Padilla is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email him at [email protected] and observe him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.