The Meriden Humane Society members feel like they are being forced out after they said city leaders are looking to take away rooms in their facility.
They are just one of the few “no kill” animal shelters left in the state.
“When this building was created, it was created for the dog warden and the Meriden Humane Society, so together, we could work and that's something that has now been displaced," said humane society Director Marlena DiBianco.
The shelter, made up of mostly volunteers, splits the city-owned building with Meriden Animal Control. They’ve called the building home for decades, and DiBianco said rooms could be taken away by another animal rescue that has moved in with Animal Control.
The new shelter is not affiliated Animal Control.
“We need to know what's going on and we like to know what's going on. We are a part of Meriden also,” DiBianco said. “It's needed because the town needs it. It went up 42 percent of cats and dogs that need to come in and that's in Meriden alone.”
If they don’t have the space in question, they can’t take in as many animals.
According to the city’s website, a city council meeting was held discussing a lease agreement between the city and Saving Paws on July 5. This is an agreement workers said they had no idea about.
“We kind of wished that we were included in on that because if we need to make changes we want to make them so we can benefit the animals, benefit the community,” DiBianco said.
The Meriden mayor said the rooms weren’t theirs to use, and said the rescue is looking to utilize the space and lease it out.
DiBianco said they’ve asked to lease it out well before the new shelter came along.
The group is looking for another building, but said it’s difficult to find.
The council’s finance committee is set to vote on this later this month. From there, it will go to councilors for a vote in August.
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