The Elmore Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals asked for continued financial support from Peru during the town board’s Sept. 12 meeting.
“We wanted to do the outreach now,” Elmore SPCA’s Webmaster Laurie Parsons said outside the meeting. “It’s not going to be long — they’re going to be thinking about their budgets for 2012. I’m sure they already are.”
Peru pays the animal shelter $6,474 for its services each year, Elmore SPCA Board Member and Secretary Carol Solari-Ruscoe said.
“We like to try and, if we can, hold the line, because we understand that towns are in a bind as well,” Solari-Ruscoe said. “(But) we are a business. If we can’t make our expenses, we can’t stay in business.”
The Elmore SPCA takes in stray animals.
“We do the intake,” Parsons said. “We do evaluation. We do the care, handling. We do everything from that point.”
Elmore SPCA provides services to six towns and one city, including Altona, Black Brook, Dannemora, Peru, Schuyler Falls, Ausable, and City of Plattsburgh, Solari-Ruscoe said.
Parsons said Elmore SPCA is returning in early October to its original facility, an aged structure which needed a “face lift,” at 556 Telegraph Road in Peru. For the past three years the organization has been located at 510 Arthur Road.
In other regular business:
Peru Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell reported that the town suffered more than $300,000 in damages from Tropical Storm Irene.
Magarr, Patent, Mud Pond, and Reservoir Roads suffered the most serious damage, he said.