Great Plains SPCA to end partnership with Jackson County animal shelter, close Merriam vet clinic

MERRIAM, Kan. -- The Great Plains SPCA will end its management of the Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter and close its veterinary clinic in Merriam, the organization said Wednesday.

In a letter to employees, President and CEO Tam Singer and  Board Chair Chuck Laue said the decision was made because "it is no longer fiscally prudent for us to continue to run the shelter."

Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter

The letter also said they have given six-months notice to Jackson County, and they will participate in a "transition period" during this time. Staff members are expected to have a job through at least July 15.

But the veterinary care clinic will cease operations on Feb. 1, leaving those employees out a job soon. Clinic employees that FOX4 spoke with says their lives are now in limbo. Hear more from employees in the video player above.

Singer said Great Plains will continue offering services to metro animals in need. The main shelter location in Merriam is expected to stay open.

She also said workers worried about their jobs will be able to apply for other positions.

"Our hope is that the new operator will also be interested in interviewing current Great Plains staff that would like to stay on in Independence," the letter says.

The Great Plains SPCA took over management of the Jackson County Regional Animal Shelter in 2013.

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