Local Humane Society asking Hamilton Co. to pay $10-million for new facility
Hamilton County Commissioners will tour the Humane Educational Society Wednesday before the county commission meeting.
Humane Educational Society’s executive director, Bob Citrullo, said the space is in deplorable conditions, and they need to relocate immediately.
If the shelter doesn't get the $10 million, Citrullo said they will have to part ways with the county.
The HES is on the path of finding a new, permanent home. It's been many years in the making, but they still need help.
“What we would like to see is the commission to vote positively to be engaged with us to help us build a new facility versus the other where we would do it ourselves,” said Citrullo.
The current was built in the early 1900s.
Citrullo claims the building doesn't have proper ventilation, the roof leaks, and there are cracks in the foundation.
“Each year we put this off the cost continues to rise. We really hope that the community sees this as a project that should be funded and that the commission will too,” he said.
In 2017, the HES purchased land on Randolph Circle in hopes of building a new facility. Now, they need help from the county with paying for the facility.
“We are asking for $10-million to assist with the project. The goal of the Humane Society is to raise our $3 to $4-million ourselves. This is a $13 to $14-million dollar project,” said Citrullo.
Citrullo will present his case at the county commission’s weekly meeting. If a funding agreement cannot be reached, Citrullo said HES will stop their services for the county.
“The county would have to provide that for themselves, which I feel would cost a whole lot more. Not to the county but to the people than what they are paying now,” he said.
The commission meeting is on Wednesday, November 14, at 9:30 A.M.
Citrullo asks if you do attend the meeting to wear red to support the shelter.