RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The city council in Rapid City is moving forward with a proposed cut in Humane Society funding.
The plan to cut nearly $30,000 from the group comes after a recommendation by Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender, who wants the society to seek more funding from the private sector.
The proposed 2014 budget allocates around $248,000 to the Humane Society of the Black Hills, a 10 percent drop from the $278,000 approved in 2013.
Assistant Police Chief Karl Jegeris says the cut leaves enough money to cover the Humane Society services, which primarily include animal complaint, barking dog and dog bite calls.
Council member Chad Lewis says he's worried the cuts will hurt the organization's ability to handle a prevalent animal issue.
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