LCAS services suffer from budget cuts

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Lane County Animal Services (LCAS) of Eugene took a double blow recently when funding for animal services was cut by both the county government and the City of Eugene.  According to a report in the Register-Guard, the reduction left funds insufficient to pay shelter workers.  While certain aspects of LCAS will continue operating, such as licensing and animal control, the shelter will likely come under another organization.  At press time, Greenhill Humane Society (GHS) was in negotiations with Lane County and the Cities of Eugene and Springfield to take over operations, though GHS Executive Director Cary Lieberman said a definitive announcement was premature.  GHS was, however, working with LCAS to transfer all of the animals, including fosters, to the GHS facility prior to an anticipated July 1 closure.  Leiberman told Spot that in the event GHS does assume control of the shelter, its goal will continue to be maintaining the health, comfort and welfare of all of the animals in their care.