(KMOV) – The City of St. Louis is no longer in the animal shelter business, but it is still accepting donations to support it.
However, on Wednesday, the city health department finally recommended that the donation collections stop.
Since November, city residents have donated more than $3,000 to an account that’s just growing, and not going to help the places that assist animals.
The donation box appears on residents’ water bills. The city created an ordinance to put it there nine years ago when it wanted to build a new shelter.
Now that the mayor ordered the pound closed, it no longer needs those funds. The city must now decide what to do with the $233,000 sitting in the account.
Legally, that money can be given to non-profits like Stray Rescue, which takes in the city’s stray pets. But city leaders say it’s not that simple. If donors were set on funding a new shelter, the city says it would not be in good faith to give it away to any other reason.
As of now, the city is leaning towards refunding the donations – they have electronic copies of the water bills for reference.
The Board of Alderman will vote on the issue before the city moves forward.