Animal shelter arrives in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For nearly 30 years, Crystal Creek Kennels has worked with the Tippecanoe County government to help house and adopt animals throughout the county.

It will end soon.

Bernard Wulle, the owner of Crystal Creek Kennels, informed county commissioners of his desire to retire earlier this year.

Although saddened by the news, the commissioners knew that day was coming and plan to open a county animal shelter to fill the absence of Crystal Creek Kennels.

“For many years we have been involved, the Tippecanoe County government has been involved in an animal shelter arrangement with Crystal Creek Kennels – north of Battle Ground, Ind. – and it has been a great relationship,” said Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tracy Brown.

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“It goes back to when Smokey Anderson was sheriff, and they’ve done an amazing job in terms of managing the population of animals that come in through the admissions process there.”

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

“Unfortunately,” Brown continued, “it’s time for Bernard and Annetta Wulle, the owners of Crystal Creek Kennels, to retire. It’s their desire. We knew this was coming; we didn’t think it was going to happen. happen as soon as it happened.

“We have a year-to-year contract with them. So it is very obvious that collectively we have to do something to start an operation that will provide the same services that this kennel provides.

County to build 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 humane animal shelter at the county’s former Purdue Extension offices on Sagamore Parkway in Lafayette. .

Commissioners anticipate that the new facility will house animal control officers as well as other animal shelter services.

The three governments plan to allocate approximately $5 million to finance 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 funds; and the City of West Lafayette, $500,000 to the project.

“These numbers come from what a study showed what is the relative need for the contribution of political subdivisions to animals that need shelter,” said Doug Masson, attorney for Tippecanoe County.

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

Commissioners partnered with Shelter Planner of America to create a colorful 3D rendering of the conservation buildings. The project design is similar to the rendering prepared for the Brown County Humane Society, which Shelter Planner of America also worked on.

Tippecanoe County commissioners did not mention a start date or expected completion of the project at Monday’s meeting.

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