The City Commission will consider increasing the amount it pays to the Pratt Area Humane Society for boarding pets picked up by its Animal Control officer, but its members want time to consider profit and loss figures for the organization.


The City Commission will consider increasing the amount it pays to the Pratt Area Humane Society for boarding pets picked up by its Animal Control officer, but its members want time to consider profit and loss figures for the organization.

PAHS board member Karen Detwiler appealed to the Commission for money Monday night, saying the board and volunteers do everything they can to raise money from other sources. Still, it’s not enough, especially if the city finds the PAHS shelter full and has to board animals elsewhere. When the animals are boarded with a local veterinarian, the cost is deducted from PAHS’ monthly payment of $1,000

“We’re in a situation where if you deduct our income, we’re unable to pay our employees,” Detwiler said.

PAHS’ contract with the city requires it to keep open a sufficient number of kennels for the city’s needs. The requirement has often been a bone of contention between the city and PAHS, although no alternative boarding has been necessary for several months and both parties have promised to work together more closely to avoid any future incidents.

Commissioner Gary Skaggs asked Detwiler for a year’s worth of monthly profit and loss statements to assess whether PAHS is in need of more funds for its services.

In other business, the Commssion:

Will consider a new 3-year lease with the American Legion for its facility for $20 a year at its next regular meeting. Noted that an overlay project on South Street may be extended to the city limits because of cost savings.