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Saturday animal shelter hours not drawing a crowd

By DAVID TEWES
July 6, 2010 at 2:06 a.m.


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The commissioners court also received an executed contract with MidAmerican Energy for power for county facilities.

It extends by one year the contract the county currently has with the Iowa-based firm and locks in the price of electricity at 6.21 cents per kilowatt hour for 2013.

County Commissioner Kevin Janak has estimated the extension will save taxpayers $47,000.

An experiment to increase pet adoptions by opening the Victoria Count animal shelter four hours on Saturday is apparently not successful.

"The numbers certainly show no large increase in anything," County Judge Don Pozzi said Tuesday. "We have had very, very few adoptions, if any."

The shelter had been open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. But Bain Cate, director of the health department, agreed to also open the shelter from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

He did so after residents Michael Welton and Jerry McCaskill requested the additional hours in April in hopes more pets would be adopted.

The shelter has been open on Saturdays for a month and Cate told the commissioners court he would continue that schedule through August.

"We haven't had a good response yet," Cate said. "There have been anywhere from two to three people looking to adopt, but nobody has adopted yet."

He said they may come back later during the week and adopt, but personnel don't know that for sure.

Cate said he would be willing to consider extended hours during the week if the Saturday hours are canceled. What those hours would be will be decided later if the court decides to do that.

"We're willing to go wherever we need to go," he said.

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