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Lamar Police Department Stops Taking Cats

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    The Lamar Police Department, which doubles as the animal shelter for strays, can no longer take in cats.
    We went to find out why...
Rusty Rives, Lamar Police Chief: "So whenever they came in and did the inspection, last month, they gave us a report back, to say if we're in compliance or if we're not, and what we found, our kennels, specifically for our cats are not in compliance, due to height restrictions for those animals."
"They" - is the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  We reached out to the department and they provided us this statement saying quote...
"We see our inspection process as a way to identify improvements that need to be made to get facilities into compliance with Missouri law. Our animal care team always has, and will continue to, work actively with facilities to reach that ultimate goal of compliance and get them back into operation as quickly as possible."
Rives: "This is just something we found that's not in compliance, so rather than not be in compliance at this point we just chose not to take the animals in."
    Chief Rives says they house between fourteen and seventeen cats at any given time.  They're in the process of finding homes for the remaining cats in the care before the November 9th deadline.  As for what they can do next, there's unanswered questions.
Rives: "This is still a planning process for us, different styles of cat kennels or condos as they're called, different manufacturers, we're looking at options from other people where we can get used condos for them."
    Rives says the department and city are already on a tight budget, and it may be sometime before they can begin taking in cats again.  Chief Rives says they will still pick up cats involved in bite cases or other high-risk cases.

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