Future of animal services in San Diego up in the air

Posted at 6:25 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 21:33:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A City Council committee Thursday will discuss the future of animal services in the city of San Diego.

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services currently provides numerous services across the county, including the sheltering of 18,000 animals in the city of San Diego each year.

However, last year, the Board of Supervisors voted to explore outsourcing the department, and a decision was made in May 2017 to terminate the contracts with San Diego and five other cities in the county.

10News learned the San Diego Humane Society has been in talks with leaders in each of the six cities for several months to work out a contract to provide animal services.

“We just feel our quality of services, the services to the community as well as the animals, we think we can do it all and we're very anxious to take it over,” said San Diego Humane Society Chief of Humane Law Enforcement Steve MacKinnon.

At a Thursday morning meeting, the San Diego City Council’s Budget and Government Efficiency Committee will begin discussions on the prospect of working with the Humane Society.

The county’s Animal Services contract with the city expires on June 30.