New group in charge of animal control

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 04/08 2014 09:39AM

Updated 04/08 2014 01:52PM

DANVILLE -- It's a whole new world for stray pets. Animal control is now coming from the Vermilion County Animal Shelter, not the Danville Area Humane Society. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine finds out how things are going since the change.

The Vermilion County Animal Shelter took over animal control in February. They say things are heading in the right direction and no animals have been euthanized.

It's only been about two months since they came to an agreement with the city. In that time, the number of animals taken in has doubled, but they've had more than 50 adoptions and nearly 20 rescues; which is twice the amount this same time last year.

New director, Paige Brown, says she couldn't do it alone.

"Fabulous, fabulous staff and working with a wonderful foundation who are really, really working hard to get our name out there. Good PR and just working really hard."

The Vermilion County Animal Shelter hired more employees to keep up with the intake and they're making better use of space they have, including separating animal control from the adoption area. The shelter doesn't have an official, written contract with the city yet, but it's being paid about $8,000 a month for services.

The shelter is extending its hours. It will be open for two Saturdays each month, from 12 - 3. April 26 is its open house.

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