Despite protests from local residents and an Isabella County animal rights group, members of the Gratiot County Board of Commissioners will continue supplying stray dogs and cats to a firm that sells the animals for medical research.
The board voted 5-2 at its meeting earlier this week to renew a five-year contract with R&R Research of Howard City. Commissioners Tim Lambrecht and Patricia Gillis cast the dissenting votes.
For the past 20 years the county's animal shelter has supplied R&R with dogs and cats that have not been reclaimed or adopted in exchange for the company disposing of its dead animal carcasses.
Some citizens, however, were not in favor of continuing the practice. County resident Maria Lott had prepared a 21-page document for the board suggesting changes to animal control policies.