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County on reprieve after it partially pays Humane Society

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The sign outside the Spartanburg Humane Society. (File/FOX Carolina) The sign outside the Spartanburg Humane Society. (File/FOX Carolina)

The Spartanburg County Humane Society said Tuesday that the county paid part of their past due bill.

The Humane Society said in light of the good faith effort, they would provide housing and care for the county's stray animals until Oct. 31.

If the Humane Society is not paid in full for the rest of the October bill along with the charges for November's services by Oct. 31, they would suspend service to county animals indefinitely.

"The Humane Society wants to believe that Spartanburg County will fund their responsibility to this community - protecting public health and safety," said Sandy Christiansen, President and CEO of the Spartanburg Humane Society.

Christiansen said that the extension gives the county enough time to find an alternate service provider for humane housing of animals if they cannot pay the past due balance.

The Humane Society's relationship with the cities of Spartanburg and Greer has not been affected, according to Christiansen.

On Monday, the Humane Society announced that they would immediately suspend service to the county because they owed almost $110,000.

County officials said they never received the bill from the Humane Society that was dated Sept. 19 but would pay it Tuesday.

Recently, the state Attorney General ordered county officials to hold stray animals for five days before putting them up for adoption or euthanizing them.

The order came after it was revealed that the shelter was holding strays for only three days. The shelter said it was following a county ordinance that required strays be held for three days.

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