In a surprise move at the end of the Belmont County Commission meeting on Wednesday, the commission cut all ties with the Belmont County Animal Rescue League.
B.C.A.R.L. has been the governing body that sets policy and raises funds for the shelter for decades. But the county commission has voted unanimously not to renew their contract with them. They are cutting out the middle man, and dealing with the shelter directly.
Details about the meeting are not being given, but officials are saying there was too much drama.
The people who operate the shelter were hired on as county employees. They will continue to work there, and said the public will see no difference. Commissioners say it will mean giving the shelter more funding than they have in the past, and they say they are on board with that idea.
Those involved say the focus will no longer be on fighting and differences, but the necessary and humane treatment of the animals at the shelter.