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agency to provide animal care and control after its existing service providers said they don’t want to fulfill that role in the long term.

Lapel Animal Clinic owners John and Vicki Hagerman recently expressed concerns there has been no rate increase for their animal control efforts since 1995.

The pair — upset after getting stuck with a large bill following an aggressive animal case last year — said they would not leave the town in the lurch but no longer want the responsibility.

“For what it’s worth, we’ve done this for over 20 years now,” John Hagerman said during a recent meeting. “We were kind of left hanging out there (regarding a $500 bill) and there were some big bills associated with that. To be honest with you, I’m disappointed that no one ever did anything with that. It was a messy situation and I don’t know what to say about that; it didn’t leave a good taste in our mouth.”

The large vet bill was associated with an aggressive dog from 2012 that bit a resident and needed rabies testing. The dog was boarded for about a week before it ultimately had to be destroyed.

“It was a very difficult situation,” Hagerman said. “We want to give you the heads up that we eventually want to resign.”

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