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November 17, 2017

Some Bentonville Residdents want the City to build an Animal shelter


Some Bentonville Residdents want the City to build an Animal shelter

The Mayor of Bentonville, Bob McCaslin, said the city is currently negotiating a three to…


The Mayor of Bentonville, Bob McCaslin, said the city is currently negotiating a three to five year contract with the Centerton Animal Shelter.

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The city’s existing deal with the Rogers Animal Shelter is set to expire in February 2018.

Centerton Mayor Bill Edwards said he’s looking forward to partnering with the city.

Edwards said he hopes to use the money from the pending contract to subsidize the shelter’s building expansion and to hire more staff.

“We have a great relationship with Bentonville and are looking forward to this partnership in order to reciprocate some services back to the city. We feel with the size of the shelter and with the additional kennels we plan to build, we will have plenty of room in our new facility,” Edwards said.

Currently, Bentonville pays Rogers $6,000 a month and a fee of $95 for each dog brought into the shelter. Edwards said they are reviewing a similar setup.

However, several residents were present at Tuesday night’s city council meeting to voice their concerns about the partnership.

Many told 40/29 News they would like to see the city support its own animal shelter for cats and dogs.

Olivia Nagel with Crystal Creek Rescue said she’s frustrated that Bentonville city leaders are not looking to build a permanent shelter.

“It’s time for the city to stand up with the citizens and the private sector and create our own 21st century shelter. We think that it’s time to bring protocols and proven methods here to Bentonville. And, we need the city council to work with volunteers and a community that cares about dogs and cats to have a really terrific shelter. We can be the leader,” Nagel said.

She’s started an online petition asking Mayor McCaslin and the City Council to support an animal shelter.

Bentonville’s animal control officers work under the police department. They are required to respond only to calls about dogs.

The pending agreement with Centerton does not include stray cats.

Bentonville does not have a city ordinance concerning stray or feral cats. There are a number of nonprofit groups, including Crystal Creek Rescue, within the city limits that take in cats.

“We’ve had multiple stories of people trying to get help from the mayor or the police department. For example, with an injured cat. They are told that the police can’t do anything. They are told that police have been instructed not to do anything. It’s a shock in this modern, thriving city,” Nagel said.

Mayor Edwards, of Centerton, said that their shelter to add at least 40 more kennels and additional dog runs to accommodate more animals.

A public hearing for the project is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2017 with the Benton County Planning Board.


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Some Bentonville Residdents want the City to build an Animal shelter


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