The Marion County Commission is poised to award its animal-control contract at today’s meeting.

The contract runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

Marion County Humane Society and Rescue’s $220,000 proposal calls for holding animals for extended periods of time until they can be adopted locally or regionally.

Marion County Animal Control’s submitted a $105,000 bid proposal that seeks to euthanize animals after a specified waiting period.

County Administrator Kris Cinalli said there may be another way — blending the best of both proposals. Marion County Animal Control would serve its purpose while the humane society would work toward providing the types of services it does best — spay/neuter and vaccination clinics.  

While the specific dollar amounts will be discussed at today’s meting, the commission is leaning toward awarding the lion’s share of funding to Marion County Animal Control, but it is considering giving thousands of dollars to the Humane Society to support its spay/neuter and vaccination programs. 

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