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Kent County Votes to Terminate Contract with Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- The Kent County Levy Court commissioners have voted to terminate the county's dog control contract with Georgetown-based Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.

The commissioners voted 5-2 to terminate the contract Tuesday night after about two hours of intense discussion with representatives from Safe Haven.

The Levy Court chambers were packed for the discussion.

Safe Haven attempted to assure commissioners it could continue to handle dog control for Kent County while acknowledging there were miscalculations made. The Levy Court just did not believe the shelter was financially solid enough currently or moving forward to make it work. The commissioners raised questions about money management and Safe Haven's overall philosophy.

"The no-kill option, for them, is a noble cause," said Commissioner Eric Buckson. "I commend them for it. But it really requires a unique set of circumstances for them to be able to provide dog control while at the same time being a no-kill shelter."

"I'm feeling a lot of feelings," said Lois Fargo, president of Safe Haven's board of directors. "I respect the decision that they made. I'm saddened by it. I'm saddened for Safe Haven right now."

Fargo says she is not sure at this point what the future holds for the organization.

Kent County now has two months to figure out a different dog control solution. And multiple parties said the options are somewhat limited.

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