NEW CITY – The Hi Tor
Animal Care Center is going to accept animals from the Village of Spring
Valley Police Department and residents despite the village board’s
second failure to pass the inter-municipal agreement with the animal shelter.
Had the village board approved the agreement, Spring Valley would be required
to pay its portion of the overall cost of operating the shelter.
Rockland County Executive Edwin Day and Hi Tor Board President Debbie
DiBernardo said Hi Tor will accept the animals and the county will pay
the upfront costs of housing and caring for them. The county will then
deduct the cost from Spring Valley’s sales tax receipts.
“We will not allow the inaction of Spring Valley’s government
to negatively impact the lives of residents, either human or animal, within
our county,” said Day. “Our priority all along was to ensure
the welfare of these animals; Hi Tor needs Spring Valley to pay their
fair share in order to properly care for the animals they receive.”