Animal Control: SPCA To Still Provide Services For Fresno

Fresno City Manager Mark Scott announced Thursday that the Central California SPCA will continue to provide full animal control services for the City beyond October 1 while the two sides continue to discuss a constructive transition of the services.

CCSPCA had previously notified the City of Fresno that it would discontinue those services on October 1.

"CCSPCA has expressed a willingness to keep working with the City on a six-month extension to its contract beyond Oct. 1 and to work out transition steps that may exceed that, subject to terms and conditions that we are still negotiating," Scott said. "CCSPCA has assured us they will continue to provide services so we can formalize the extension."

Scott said the City had a second productive meeting with CCSPCA officials this week. Another meeting to continue discussions on the extension is expected to be held next week.

Scott also said the City will be inclusive in working with all stakeholders to develop a long-term solution to the animal control issue.

The Central California SPCA issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"With the best interest in mind for the future of our animals and the community we serve, this notification acknowledges the joint efforts to finalize a new amendment of the existing contract with the City of Fresno for continued animal control services. We will continue to provide full animal control services for the City beyond Oct. 1 while the transition of services is finalized. The meetings with the City have been productive and will continue to support the community for a positive direction."

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