Cheyenne Council Committee To Discuss Animal Shelter Contract
City Councilman Rocky Case, who sponsored the resolution, says his intention is not to cut off city funding for the shelter, but rather to force changes at the facility to address allegations of animal cruelty.
The city currently pays the shelter $505,000.
Case says among the changes he would like to see would be to grant the city council liaison to the shelter board a vote. Case is the council liaison to the board, but the position is a non-voting one. He was forced to leave a recent board meeting where the allegations were discussed.
At that meeting, the board decided to suspend shelter CEO Bob Fecht for 60 days without pay for ordering the pepper spraying of a pit bull mix named Tanner a day after the dog bit a shelter employee. Many in the community have called for Fechts resignation or dismissal.
According to former board member Lynn Boak, who resigned this week to protest the decision not to fire Fecht, a majority of the board wanted to ask for Fecht's resignation. But CAS board bylaws mandate a 2/3 majority vote to force the CEO to resign, and the votes for his resignation did not reach that number.
The Cheyenne Police Department this week recommended the filing of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against Fecht and two shelter employees. Laramie County District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg has the final decision on whether charges will be filed against Fecht and the two others, and at last report had not announced a decision.
Public comment will be taken at Wednesday night's committee meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. in city council chambers.