County receiving disaster prepardedness grant to deal with pets
Genesee County will receive a $29,195 state grant to help authorities deal with pets during major emergencies.
Acceptance of the grant was approved by the County Legislature's Public Service Committee today.
In 2010, the Office of Emergency Services drafted an emergency response plan for the county that would cover a range of contingencies for natural and man-made disasters. Part of the plan involves dealing with pets' safety because people often won't evacuate a dangerous location if it means leaving pets behind.
While voting in favor of the grant acceptance, committee Chairman Jay Grasso expressed concern that the government was spending money on pets in current economic conditions.
"Don't get me wrong," Grasso said. "I love my dogs. They won the dog lottery with me. But in these tough economic times, I just don't understand spending money on pets."
The grant is funded by the NYS Division of Homeland Security.
It will be spent on the purchase of mobile pet-sheltering equipment and training.
The emergency pet plan is being developed in conjunction with regional emergency partners Wyoming and Orleans counties.