The Clinton Humane Society has seen an increase of animals but not increase in city funding. The lack of funding could cause the organization to close its doors for good.
Tonight City Council members met to discuss the fate of the organization.
The council failed to override the Mayor's veto on two resolutions from last week by one vote. The council had approved renewing the Clinton Humane Society's animal contract with a $60,000 raise last week.
The Mayor called that subsidy increase outrageous and vetoed the agreement.
Supporters packed the meeting asking the city to reconsider. Citizens worried about what would happen to stray animals without the Humane Society's help.
Alderman responded to the concerns raised by the audience, saying the city let this contract renewal linger too long, but not enough Aldermen voted yes.
The contract question failed 4 to 3. A cost-saving committee question also failed 4 to 3.
A third vote would have awarded a new contract to a different animal care provider, giving the City Animal Control Officer a cheaper place to drop off strays. That vote also failed.
The city will be responsible for dog bites and vicious dogs, but strays will not be picked up because they have no place to put them.