City Receives $10,000 Donation for Krug Animal Care

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Humane Society of St. Joseph donates money for Krug Park animal care

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 7:58 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) There has been concern over the treatment of the Krug Park animals in the past. The Humane Society of St. Joseph is stepping in to make sure they are being well taken care of.

St. Joseph City Council is expected to accept a $10,000 donation from the Humane Society at Monday's council meteing. The donation will be given to the Parks Department to use for vetinary care, shelter and food for the five animals that live at the park.

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Parks Director Chuck Kempf said the Parks Deparment spends $15,000 a year on the animals on average, but it typically waivers between $10,000 to $20,000 depending on how the animals have been treated.

"Unfortunately people are sometimes abusive to the animals. They can throw things at them, poke them if they get close enough. Sometimes they've let them out of the pens before, which is relatively difficult to do, but they still figure out a way," Kempf said. "When the animals get out they're always more vulnerable to be injured."

Kempf said he thinks the donation is "great," especially because there will now be an extra $10,000 from the general fund that can be used for other parks projects.

There are currently Texas Long Horns and a Buffalo living at the park.

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