Animal services contract renewed
City of Paso Robles is the highest proportional user of animal services in the county
–At Tuesday, June 7 Paso Robles City Council meeting, council approved the renewal of an animal services contract with the County of San Luis Obispo, that includes services for response of animal service officers for injured or stray animals, investigative services for animal bites, abuse and neglect, sheltering and quarantine services, dog licensing and animal adoption.
Assistant City Manager Meg Williamson said the City of Paso Robles is the highest proportional user of animal services in the county, but we have seen a trending decrease in use and cost since 2013. “This trend is thought to be associated with progress on the spay/neutering of feral cats in the north county,” she said.
The city has contracted with San Luis Obispo County for animal control services for many years. The most recent contract with the county will expires on June 30, 2016, as did all other incorporated cities’ contracts. The current contract for animal services, in the amount of $287,266. Every year a comprehensive animal services study is completed to examine the costs attributed to each contracting municipality. The study completed this year once again identified the full cost recovery for each municipality to use services from the County of San Luis Obispo for animal control. The final contract rate for animal services for the City of Paso Robles was set at $269,708 for the first contract year starting on July 1, 2016.
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