NEW CITY – The Hi Tor Animal Care Center will 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.”