Animal Care

Clermont County Animal Shelter under new management after contract dispute

In the midst of a fight over money, Clermont County is taking over operations of its animal shelter after paying a humane society to do the job for the past three years. The outgoing director is questioning whether the county will do the job right. 

On Dec. 8, the Clermont County Board of Commissioners rejected a five-year contract proposal from Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, which operates the shelter on Filager Road in Batavia. 

Clermont County Commission President David Painter said the county had contracted with the organization for the last three years, but the two parties were unable to reach an agreement in the latest round of negotiations.

The humane society requested a yearly contract of $848,726, more than double its current contract of $419,000, he said.