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City and County to meet about SPCA funds

The Grande Prairie and District SPCA will be closing their doors today and have looked to the County and City of Grande Prairie for financial help. Board President of the organization Laurie Fisher presented to both the city and county in hopes that they would support their ask of $200,000 to help them make it another month. She says they will still be working while they wait on the decision.

“We are not taking animals or operating the shelter. We will continuing as a board and continue to fund raise. We will be coming up with as many options as we can. we don’t want to lose the SPCA”

The Canada Revenue Agency is owed $120,000 by the organization and has seized their accounts.

Enforcement Services Manager Chris Manuel is working with the organization to come up with strategies. The City and County decided to meet in a few days to talk about options.

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“The city wants to be on the same page as the county as far as the best way to approach this. As far as sustainability and continued care of the animals that require our services. I think they were prudent with their decision but it does delay things a couple of days until we can get that bigger group together to have that discussion”

There is places set up for animals to go if they are picked up but this is only a temporary fix.

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