"Councillors deferred a motion that would have seen the city seek a contract with a new organization to replace the Kingston Humane Society.
The city and the Humane Society have been in discussions since the Humane Society announced it could no longer provide services for $109,000 a year, the price negotiated in 1992.
The organization was asking for a 403% increase to $578,296.
Councillors began receiving calls and e-mails from constituents this week expressing concerns over whether animals would be sent to research facilities if a body other than the Humane Society was taking in strays.
“I don’t think we can gloss over how serious this could be for our pets,” said Councillor Lisa Osanic, who moved the motion of deferral.
Staff were directed in the motion to try once more to find an agreement with the Humane Society.
Last year, the Kingston shelter took in and cared for 1,190 cats and 341 dogs." - Schliesmann, The Kingston Whig