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Stray Rescue Threatens Pay-Up or No More Freebies

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St. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Stray Rescue, the City’s de facto animal shelter, is threatening to stop working for free.

A vote by the charity’s Board of Directors says volunteers would only pick up dogs in the most extreme of situations.

This comes after a handful of aldermen declined to give the charity $250-thousand dollars which the city collected through a special voluntary fee added on to St. Louis residents water, personal property and real estate tax bills to pay for an animal shelter; despite Stray Rescue doing the work for free.

Heath Department Director Pam Walker says their words and actions aren’t helping.

“To say outrageous statements like we should round them up and shoot them, I’m speechless, I don’t know how to respond top that, that’s not an answer.”

An alderman suggested he’d rather the City shoot dogs, than send them to an outside, no-kill agency.

Walker thinks things can be patched up with Stray Rescue, and she expects the charity to still be there when the City needs it.

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