No, we can't, says Barbara Bergman (D-Ann Arbor)--or at least not at the level we used to. "Given a choice between saving dogs or putting food on the tables of families that need food, I'm on the side of people. Their mission and our mandate are different, and we simply can no longer afford half a million dollars a year."
Bergman agrees that the county and the humane society had a deal for the new shelter, "but that's a deal, not a contract. Right now, we have a contract [with HSHV] until December 31 at 11:59 p.m. After that, who knows?"
[Originally published in December, 2011.]