ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOX) — After much dispute, 250-thousand dollars will finally go to the Stray Rescue Animal Shelter.
St. Louis Health Director Pam Walker said, “it’s a great day for abandoned and abused dogs in the city,” as that issue was settled Thursday by the city’s Public Health Committee.
The unanimous vote clears the way for Stray Rescue to send invoices in the amount of a quarter-Million dollars as it wraps up construction of its new downtown shelter.
Founder Randy Grim tells KMOX News he’ll gladly accept the offer, despite past reports that indicated he might reject any money the city offered after a long, drawn-out legislative process.
“When it started to look to me to be more of a political issue than an animal issue, I didn’t care if we got the money or not. It didn’t matter anymore,” said Grim.
But he hopes bygones will be bygones, “This shows me that the city cares.”
The $250-thousand was collected by city utility customers rounding up their bills to the nearest dollar.
The money can only be used on Stray Rescue’s half-finished building, and not on salaries or other expenses.
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