Pima County extends animal care accord with multiple municipalities

Three jurisdictions’ collective proposal for extending a regional animal care program recently won unanimous approval from Pima County’s board of supervisors, ensuring continuation through June 2018 for licensing, welfare enforcement, adoption and other key services.

County leaders authorized the cities of Tucson, South Tucson and Oro Valley to maintain current operations and services at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), where 96 percent of pets arrive from the collaborating entities, plus unincorporated areas in Pima County.

According to the extended compact, each of the three jurisdictions will reimburse Pima County for services provided by PACC over the year, about $4.5 million for Tucson, $81,000 for South Tucson and $151,000 for Oro Valley. Exact figures will vary according to the number of pet licenses, injured or homeless animals, and adoption rates, according to a press release.

In addition, the three municipalities will become the only ones to continue receiving PACC’s services as of July 1; nearby Sahuarita and Marana will take responsibility for their own jurisdictions. Constituents can obtain more detailed information at the PACC’s board of supervisors meeting scheduled for July 11.

PACC handles dog licensing, preventing cruelty and neglect, identifying dangerous animals, low-cost vaccinations, spaying and neutering and pet adoption and support services, ensuring that surrendered and stray animals receive adequate shelter and humane care, according to the release.

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