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Aug 13, 2014 10:51 AM

PAAC and Animal Control in Dispute Over 'Volunteer' Hours

CORPUS CHRISTI - The volunteer group People Assisting Animal Control and the City of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services are fighting like cats and dogs.

PAAC partners with the local shelter to get strays into good homes. The group's president, Cheryl Martinez, recently told the city it donated $50,000 and volunteered 18,000 hours last year.

It turns out some of those volunteers were paid $30,000 by the charity. The city's animal control department says that money should have been used for animals, not people..

"In my mind that's not a volunteer. If you're being paid, you're not volunteering,you're working a job," says CCPD Commander Todd Green. "It comes out to about 1,200 animals that could have been adopted at that price.. for the amount that was spent to pay people to volunteer."

Martinez tells KRIS6 it's not about who got paid how much, but what's being done to help strays.

"What difference does it make if it's a volunteer and it's paid? It doesn't matter to the city. We could pay 20 people to be there. In their eyes they're still volunteers - they're not having to pay them," Martinez told KRIS6. "This is about animals. what are we going to do to help the stray population of this city...and that should be your big focus "

Martinez says the volunteers got paid to help the city fill roles they couldn't fill themselves.

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