Animal shelter in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County

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LAFAYETTE, Indiana – For nearly 30 years, Crystal Creek Kennels has worked with the Tippecanoe County government to protect and adopt animals across the county.

That will soon be over.

Crystal Creek Kennels owner Bernard Wulle informed the County Commissioners of his desire to retire earlier this year.

While the commissioners were saddened by this news, they knew that day would come and made plans to open a county animal shelter to fill Crystal Creek Kennels’ absence.

“We’ve been involved for many years, the Tippecanoe County government is involved in animal welfare agreements with Crystal Creek Kennels – just north of Battle Ground, Indiana – and it’s been a great relationship,” said Tracy Brown, Tippecanoe County Commissioner.

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“It dates back to when Smokey Anderson was sheriff and they have done a remarkable job of managing the population of animals that go through the admissions process there.”

Anderson, a Tippecanoe County veteran, served one term as sheriff until 2006.

“Unfortunately,” Brown continued, “it is time for Bernard and Annetta Wulle, the owners of Crystal Creek Kennels, to retire. This is her wish. We knew this was coming; we didn’t think it would happen so soon.

“We signed an annual contract with them. So it’s very obvious that we need to do something together to build an operation that will provide the same services that were provided by this kennel.”

County to build an animal shelter in Lafayette

With the announcement of Wulle’s retirement, the county, along with the city of Lafayette and the city of West Lafayette, plan to establish a joint shelter for people in the old offices of the county’s Purdue Extension on Sagamore Parkway in Lafayette.

The commissioners plan the new facility to house animal control officers as well as other animal shelter services.

The three governments plan to allocate around US$5 million to fund the construction of this project.

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The Tippecanoe County government plans to contribute approximately $2 million in funds; the City of Lafayette, approximately $2.5 million in funding; and the City of West Lafayette, $500,000 for the project.

“These numbers come from what a study has shown to be the relative need for contributions from policy subdivisions for the animals in need of protection,” said Tippecanoe County Attorney Doug Masson.

A colored 3D rendering of the Brown County Humane Society created by Shelter Planner of America.

The client teamed up with Shelter Planner of America to create a full color 3D rendering of the proposed buildings. The project’s design is similar to the rendering created for the Brown County Humane Society, which Shelter Planner of America also worked on.

Tippecanoe County Commissioners did not provide a start date or expected completion for the project at Monday’s meeting.

Noe Padilla is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.

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