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County Abandons talks with Animal Control Authority, Now working with West Richland

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Benton County abandoned plans to join the Tri-City Animal Control Authority Tuesday. 

County Commissioners instead chose to begin working on an agreement with the City of West Richland.


Commissioners abandoned talks to join with Tri-city Animal Control Authority, they say, because the organization had become uncooperative in the last few weeks. 

Instead the County is now in talks to build a new center in West Richland and work with them on countywide animal control. 

Two of the three Commissioners agreed to continue talks with the city, with Commissioner Leo Bowman saying he's tired of dealing with this issue since the day he took office 11 years ago.

"It's my belief that if we can enter into honest dialogue with someone who wants to work with us that we can make this thing happen," Bowman said.

"Exactly what your needs might be, to what extent those needs might be, what you predict service level might be, I think we can take our research combined with yours and probably come up with some pretty good answers for how we could provide that service," said West Richland Police Chief Layne Erdman.

The meeting got heated for a moment when Commissioner Max Benitz Jr. expressed disagreement with his two other Commissioners.  

Nonetheless, county staff and a representative from the Prosecutor's Office will now start working on new laws and plans for that new center with West Richland.

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